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Chicago takes down statues of Columbus, plans review of all monuments

Chicago takes down statues of Columbus, plans review of all monuments“This step is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space for an inclusive and democratic public dialogue about our city’s symbols,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office said in a statement. Protesters for racial equality have targeted Columbus monuments across the United States, challenging heroic portrayals of him in American education that downplay or ignore the explorer’s cruelty toward indigenous people of the Americas.



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It's too late for masks alone to turn the tide on coronavirus. Why the U.S. needs to lock down hot spots right away.

It's too late for masks alone to turn the tide on coronavirus. Why the U.S. needs to lock down hot spots right away.Masks are necessary to combat America’s resurgent coronavirus pandemic. But they may no longer be enough. Patterns from countries that are faring much better than the U.S. suggest we won’t bring the virus to heel until we start locking down hot spots as well.



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'Not to me, they don't': Philadelphia court supervisor fired for tearing down Black Lives Matter signs on video

'Not to me, they don't': Philadelphia court supervisor fired for tearing down Black Lives Matter signs on videoA supervisor with Philadelphia's Family Court was fired after a video circulated online showing him tearing down Black Lives Matter signs and telling bystanders that black lives don't matter to him.The video shows Michael Henkel marching along a sidewalk tearing Black Lives Matter signs from fences and walls. When a bystander yells "black lives matter" at him, Mr Henkel replies "not to me, they don't."



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Mike Huckabee ‘Livid’ at Republicans Who Won’t Bow Down to Trump

Mike Huckabee ‘Livid’ at Republicans Who Won’t Bow Down to TrumpFormer Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) expressed his shock and dismay Sunday morning that several prominent Republicans will reportedly not support President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.“Well I don’t know if it’s true because it’s in The New York Times,” Huckabee snarked on Fox & Friends Weekend, claiming that the paper is “wrong more than they’re right.” “But if that’s true and if you have people who were nominated, and in the case of President Bush actually elected to be president by Republicans, and they will no longer support the Republican nominee who went through the process and got elected,” Huckabee said, “then I’m going to be not just unhappy, I’m going to be livid.” He went on to say that he and his fellow conservatives “didn't all agree on some of the policies of Bush or McCain or Romney” but “when it came down to it” they knew they could either “choose a far-left liberal or we could choose somebody that was closer to our views.”Huckabee admitted that Trump might not have the best “bedside manner,” but still, he added, “Here's what I just don’t understand with these never-Trumpers.” “This president is more pro-life than we’ve ever had, period,” he said. “He’s more pro-Israel. He has deregulated so much government so that the businesses of America can thrive and they have until this COVID stuff happened.” He notably neglected to mention that the president’s inaction on COVID-19 made that situation much worse.LeBron James Calls Out Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Over Drew Brees HypocrisyAfter baselessly claiming that Trump has “done more for minorities than any president in my lifetime in actually helping people to have good, decent jobs and a future,” Huckabee told Republicans who don’t like Trump’s “personality” to “get over it!” “This is not about electing a personality,” Huckabee said. “This isn't Hollywood. This is the rough, tumble world of politics. And maybe he's not as genteel as some of us would like. But, by gosh, he's getting the job done, and it’s time Republicans rally because if they don’t, they're going to get Joe Biden, who isn't pro-life, who is for higher taxes, open borders, he’s going to succumb to China. Everything that we find disgusting he’s going to embrace it, including the socialists out here. That’s why we have to realize this is a simple choice and we better make the right move.” After Huckabee delivered his fear-based rant Sunday morning on Fox, yet another prominent Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, officially endorsed Joe Biden on CNN. Calling Trump’s rhetoric “dangerous for our democracy” and “dangerous for our country,” Powell said he believes “the country is getting wise to this and we’re not going to put up with it anymore.” Joe Biden Gets Super Unhelpful Defense from Mike HuckabeeRead 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.



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North Korea outbreak fear as Chinese border city locked down

North Korea outbreak fear as Chinese border city locked downChina has enforced a lockdown on a city bordering North Korea, raising suspicions about a coronavirus outbreak in the isolated country. Residential compounds have been closed and transportation shut down in Shulan, a city of 700,000 in the north-eastern province of Jilin, state broadcaster China Central Television reported on Sunday. Students who already had returned to school, were sent back home again to study, and the city’s threat level has been raised from medium to high risk. As of Saturday, Jilin province had reported a total of 105 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases and 19 imported ones. There were 11 new coronavirus cases in Shulan on Saturday, local health authorities said. North Korea closed its borders in January when Covid-19 first began to take hold in China, and has consistently stated that nobody inside the country has been infected.



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Pakistan shoots down Indian drone as Kashmir tensions rise

Pakistan shoots down Indian drone as Kashmir tensions risePakistan’s army said Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance drone in Kashmir, as tensions rose over continued cross-border shelling in the disputed territory. “This blatant act was aggressively responded to by Pakistan Army troops shooting down Indian quadcopter,” the statement read. An Indian army spokesman said the drone “is not ours”.



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