Former Presidential Rival is Biden’s Running Mate

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Senator Kamala Harris of California is Joe Biden’s running mate for the 2020 presidential election.

A prominent advocate of racial-justice legislation, Ms. Harris was once a former rival who sharply criticized Biden. She is the first black woman and person of Indian descent to be nominated by a major party for national office.

Many believe that if Joe Biden wins the 2020 election, she will likely become de facto party leader in about 4-8 years. Her views tend to mirror that of Joe Biden, and as a reliable ally of the Democratic Party, her presence is expected to appeal to black voters and women.

Her personal story excites many: as a daughter of two immigrant academics, she was raised in Oakland and Berkeley California and attended Howard University for a career in criminal justice. She is only the second black woman ever elected to the Senate.

Of course, she isn’t without flaws; as district attorney of San Francisco and as attorney general of California, she has been the center of high profile cases such as her decision to defend California’s death penalty regardless of her stated opposition to capital punishment.

Ms. Harris and VP Pence will be holding their first debate in October 2020, in Salt Lake City. Whether she becomes the key that brings in the much needed minority and women voters, only time will tell.

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CBP seizes $35K From Passenger at Dulles

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A woman was traveling to Istanbul from Dulles airport on Friday and reported carrying $5,000.

Customs and Borders (CBP) officers then checked her carry-on bag to find $30,000 more.

The total seized was $35,016.

There is no legal limit on the amount of money a US citizen can carry out of the country.

However, CBP requires that any amount above $10,000 be reported.

Those who wish for the return of money must prove both the source and intended use are legitimate.

CBP seizes $207,000 daily for illicit purposes everyday.

 

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Covid-19’s Real Problem: Organ damage

As US sees 150,000 deaths from COVID-19, some of those who are for quick reopening tout the relatively low death percentage rate as an argument against the severity of COVID-19. However, those who are recovering from COVID-19 show something more sinister from coronavirus infection: organ damage.

Two German studies found that many patients recovering from COVID-19 had heart abnormalities that didn’t exist before. The study included 100 patients from the University of Hospital Frankfurt COVID-19 Registry.

1/3 on the registry recovered at the hospital, while the other 2/3 recovered at home; however, in the 78 of the original 100, there were now heart abnormalities, with 60 of them showing inflammation in the heart muscle from COVID-19.

This abnormality would not be found on the echograms more frequently used to detect heart abnormalities.

Such results are quite damaging; those who have this weakness will likely require more extensive treatments and be at risk for abnormal heart beats and other heart problems.

So yes, maybe COVID-19 only kills around 1 percent of those infected; however, the true harm of COVID-19 isn’t necessarily the fast death, but the lasting impact on the majority of those that recover from the disease; mostly, the weakening of the organs in the rest of the body.

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Trump’s Republicans – Too dangerous to go mask-free, but too cheap to keep people out of danger

Next economic rescue package, as proposed by the senate Republicans will see $600 unemployment benefits decrease to $400, and again, forcing states to take charge of the unemployment benefits.

This proposal is part of another $1 trillion relief bill to handle the continued economic decline affected by the novel coronavirus.  Senate republicans want to reduce $600 to $200 until states can implement new approach in states that pays unemployed up the 70 percent of the income collected before the loss of their jobs, while the House Democrats wish to extend it until January due to high unemployment rates.

This isn’t just about survival however; Trump Republicans argue that people are unfairly using taxpayer dollars to sit at home rather than working or looking for jobs.

This is inaccurate portrayal of current events: there are 15 million fewer jobs. 11 percent of the population is unemployed.

The assumption behind the policy however, it something more selfish: it’s a Republican assumption that people want to resume economic activities at the level of pre-pandemic levels regardless of whether the coronavirus is controlled and removed. This is wrong.

As states reopened in May and June with decrease in coronavirus outbreaks, people went back to economic activity. Coronavirus numbers soared, and many states are being forced to close down again, or to impose the 14-day quarantines on people.

As people have seen the negative results of opening too quickly, if the coronavirus is not completely controlled, there will be no economic recovery; no normal return to work or the kind of shopping necessary to create jobs. While Trump and Republicans choose to not believe this, instead wanting to convince people to return to work.

Unfortunately however, Trump’s move to open too quickly may have shown Americans exactly why he shouldn’t be believed.

As total coronavirus infections in America surpasses 4 million people, it’s not belief of normalcy that Trump Republicans should convince people of; it is truth and good statesmanship, keeping people safe under this unforeseen crisis, that will benefit him come November.

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Steve Wozniak sues Youtube and Twitter on failure to regulate Bitcoin scams

Steve Wozniak is concerned that major social networks such as YouTube and Twitter, are fast becoming platforms for bitcoin scammers, and he is suing these platforms for failing to regulate them.

The Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube. According to the Verge, scammers have been posting videos on YouTube that Wozniak is hosting a bitcoin promotion. They convinced some users that if they send bitcoin to a provided address, “Wozniak” will return, with their investments doubled.

“Youtube has featured a steady stream of scam videos and promotions that falsely use images and videos of Plaintiff Steve Wozniak, and other famous tech entrepreneurs, and that have defrauded YouTube users out of millions of dollars,” the complaint says.

These Scammers or hackers use the big figure, like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Robert Kiyosaki, and about 15 other individuals as their targets to make nearly $120,000 with YouTube scam.

YouTube spokesperson said “We take abuse of our platform seriously, and take action quickly when we detect violations of our policies, such as scams or impersonation,” in a statement to the Verge.

Similar things have happened on Twitter, leading to major scandals.

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey wrote on his Twitter, “We all feel terrible this happened,” and “We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.”

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California Man’s Facebook Coronavirus Post becomes Last Words

On June 20, Thomas Macias, a truck driver in Riverside County in California wrote a post on Facebook stating that he had contracted the coronavirus while attending a party during one of the days when California had begun its reopening. Mr. Macia had been social distancing from March to early June, going out only as necessary, as he was overweight and had diabetes, and wanted to protect himself.

Sometime in early June, however, with the loosening of social distancing restrictions, Mr. Macias attended a party in Lake Elsinore. Afterwards, his friend contacted Mr. Macias, telling him that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The friend had attended the party despite knowing of the diagnosis as he was not showing any symptoms and did not believe he could infect anyone. Nonetheless, the friend contacted everyone to get tested.

Unfortunately for Mr. Macias, he had contracted the disease, and soon began to feel sick. He tested positive for COVID-19 on June 18. On June 20, he posted on Facebook, telling people to take coronavirus seriously, and to properly wear masks and engage in social distancing.

On June 21, around 11 AM, he was rushed to the hospital, put on a ventilator sometime around 6 PM, and died by 9 PM.

California has restarted the shutdown in 19 counties, including Los Angeles, as US sees even higher surge in coronavirus outbreak.

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Pres Trump Finally Endorses Face Masks

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On Wednesday, Pres. Trump declared that “masks are good”, after months of resisting to wear one or promote them, and finally decided to publicly endorse wearing face masks as COVID-19 rages on.

He refused to make it a mandate, as he claimed that in many places, Americans simply were not close enough to need one.

That being said, he said, “I

*That being said, he said, “I’m all for masks. I think masks are good,” at a show on Wednesday, as even the Republicans have urged its constituents to wear masks.

Due to the relaxed stance on social distancing, masks, and reopening, the US is seeing record high infection rates and a much longer pandemic than initially predicted.

He also said, “if I were in a group of people where we’re not 10 feet away, …” He would have worn a mask, but clarified that he didn’t wear masks because everyone around him were “tested.”

Pres. Trump even went as far to say that he’d tried a mask on and liked the way it looked.

Some people wonder if it’s a little too late, as some states in the light of recent coronavirus outbreak, have closed back down, such as in Texas or California. Nonetheless, it is now official: even the President endorses wearing face masks in public.

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts votes in favor of Women’s Rights

John Roberts, the Chief Justice of Supreme Court voted to keep abortion clinics legally open in the state of Louisiana. This has led to great outrage in the conservative groups while the liberal groups have celebrated the win.

In the 5-4 opinion, Chief Justice Roberts voted to strike down the law that forbid doctors from abortions unless they had local hospital admitting rights, which if affirmed as legal, would have left Louisiana with just one abortion clinic in the entire state.

Women’s right to abortion and choice regarding their own sexual health has been on the chopping block for every major election cycle, with the Republicans yelling to end all abortions or any access to contraceptives, and the Democrats yelling for the opposite.

Most of the South and Midwest have restricted abortion by law, and Louisiana’s abortion law is identical to Texas’ abortion law, in that it attempts to prevent surgery by abortion by restricting doctors from being able to perform the surgery through legal means.

Many red states have banned abortion at the point when fetal heartbeat could be detected, which some have interpreted to be as early as six weeks of pregnancy.

As certain states continue to beat down on women’s right to sexual healthcare, this decision was a much needed strengthening of Casey v. Planned Parenthood, and preventing states from imposing even further “undue burden” on the women’s reproductive freedom.

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Social Distancing and Presidential Rallies

More than 119,923 Americans have died from the Coronavirus according to CDC as of June 22, 2020. Infection rates are climbing in areas previously marked as low: Florida, Texas, and Arizona. As the temperature climbs, many people are opting out of using masks or face coverings, going to the beach, or even the bars in many of these states.

It is true that compared with infection rates, deaths aren’t as many. But what about organ issues? On June 22, 2020, The Hill reported that about 40 percent of those infected by the Coronavirus (exclusive of fatal cases) were often left with life altering kidney failures necessitating the need for dialysis. This is known to affect people of all ages, and even those without preexisting kidney conditions. However, with high diabetes patients in the US, this is likely to have a terrible after-effect on the general population.

Last Saturday night, Trump campaign had a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Trump campaign expected a large turnout and was disappointed. That being said, the empty seats could have served as a good example of social distancing measure, spreading the crowd out and showing an effective approach by the Trump administration on handling public events while maintaining appropriate government-promoting social distancing measures.

As re-election approaches in November, we are all aware that there is little time left for his promotion, particularly due to COVID-19. However, blaming test frequency, other side, or any number of factors only serve to make him look less attractive to the population that might have thought him more suitable than the alternate option, Mr. Biden.

Mr. Trump needs to remember that he is not in the same position as he was in 2016, when he was running as the President for the first time. He is an incumbent, and the current President of the United States. As the current leader of the country, he needs to juggle the responsibilities of the office while also promoting his chances for a second term. These rash justifications and rationalizations only serve to make him look unprepared and weak against those opposing him.

Most importantly, thinking twice and saying it once may be the solution for 2020.

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Powell: “Significant Uncertainty” of economic recovery

Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman commented on sluggish U.S. economic recovery, and its significant impact on small businesses, lower income, and minority Americans on Tuesday at his semiannual testimony before Congress.

During his testimony, Powell told Congress that while some indicators have shown improvement, recovery was still far off, and that “The levels of output and employment remain far below their pre-pandemic levels, and significant uncertainty remains about the timing and strength of the recovery,” to the Senate Banking Committee.

Last Wednesday, U.S. officially announced recession. With the pandemic still underway, if there is not much help from the federal level then small business, lower-income, and minority Americans are at risk.

Powell stated, “if economy recovers too slowly, we lose more than just the business. This businesses are the heart of our economy and often embody the work of generations.”

Powell also said, ”Low-income households have experienced, by far, the sharpest drop in employment, while job losses of African Americans, Hispanics, and women have been greater than that of other group,” and “If not contained and reversed, the downturn could further widen gaps in economic well-being that the long expansion had made some progress in closing.”

Powell stressed previously Fed will deploy everything in its power to aid for recovery, but he didn’t mention exactly when and how.

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