Chicago mayor blames city’s murder rate in part on coronavirus

Chicago mayor blames city’s murder rate in part on coronavirus

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot cited the coronavirus pandemic as a contributing factor to a recent spike in shootings in her city. When asked by CNN’s Omar Jimenez why shootings were up 40 percent over last year and homicides up more than 30 percent, Lighfoot said: “All of these forces are coming together at the same
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The Electoral College dodges another bullet

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**Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: The Electoral College dodges another bullet – Trump still stuck in thirties as independents flee – Wait. What? Biden says he will ‘transform’ America – Dems thinking big – Lights, camera… pellets   THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE DODGES ANOTHER BULLETThe Electoral College survived another assassination
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Biden campaign slams Trump for ‘outright lying’ over COVID-19 threat

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The Biden campaign on Monday slammed President Trump for “outright lying” to the American people about the threat of the novel coronavirus, after the president claimed over the weekend that the majority of coronavirus cases are “harmless.” Trump said over the weekend that “99%” of coronavirus cases in the United States are “totally harmless,” while White House Chief
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Supreme Court rules states can sanction or remove ‘faithless’ presidential electors

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The Supreme Court on Monday upheld state laws requiring those chosen for the Electoral College to back the popular winner in their state’s presidential race, a rebuke of a group of so-called “faithless” presidential electors in Washington and Colorado who sued after they were sanctioned for voting contrary to pledges they took before becoming electors. In
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Sasse slams ‘Chairman Xi’s spy web’ after reports UK will freeze Huawei out of 5G networks

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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., hailed reports that the United Kingdom is planning to freeze the Chinese telecom giant Huawei out of its 5G network by the end of the year, saying it’s “good for the British government” to be giving Huawei the boot after months of pressure from the U.S. The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph reported over the weekend
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Atlanta mayor calls for citizens to stop ‘shooting each other’ after murder of 8-year-old near BLM protest site

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In an impassioned press conference Sunday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a full-throated call for citizens to stop “shooting each other up on our streets,” after an eight-year-old girl was shot and killed on the Fourth of July near a Wendy’s that has become a flashpoint of anti-police Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the
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Biden says he is going to ‘transform’ the nation if elected

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Joe Biden tweeted Sunday night that if he gets elected, his administration “won’t just rebuild this nation—we’ll transform it,” raising speculation online about what exactly in the country will be transformed. POSSIBLE VP PICK DODGES QUESTION ON MONUMENTS The tweet comes after a politically charged Fourth of July weekend as the country works to manage a
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Bolton questions how much time Trump spends watching TV versus listening to advisers

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John Bolton on Sunday continued to deride President Trump amid their ongoing feud – this time by suggesting that Trump spends more time watching television than he does listening to his advisers. “I think that if you could clock the amount of time he spends actually in the Oval Office versus the amount of time
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Possible Biden VP pick dodges question on taking down George Washington statues

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Who is Tammy Duckworth? As the pressure rises on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to announce a woman as his running mate, eyes have turned to Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth. Here’s 5 things you need to know about her. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is among the shortlist of political figures that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee
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Trump to hold outdoor New Hampshire rally July 11, campaign announces

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President Trump’s re-election campaign announced Sunday that the president will headline an outdoor rally in the battleground state of New Hampshire next weekend, just his second rally since the coronavirus pandemic swept across the nation in March. Campaign staffers said the rally will be held next Saturday, July 11, at the Portsmouth International Airport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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GOP senator defends Trump’s 4th of July speech, calls its ‘one of the best that he has given’

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., defended President Trump’s Fourth of July speech amid withering criticism from liberals – and an uneasy silence from some conservatives – that Trump’s speech was divisive instead of unifying. Calling it “absolutely one of the best that he has given,” the Tennessee Republican on Sunday praised the president’s message for reminding “the American
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Dem senator says Trump would be ‘abandoning the troops’ if he vetoes Defense spending bill

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Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., pledged on Sunday that the names of U.S. military bases named after Confederate leaders will be changed, and slammed President Trump for his threat to veto a defense funding bill if the names of the bases are changed. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Reed – the ranking Democrat on the Senate
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Trump gives optimistic Independence Day message, says US is ‘coming back’ after ‘terrible plague from China

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President Trump on Saturday gave an optimistic Independence Day message to the nation, declaring that the U.S. is “coming back” and will be “greater than ever before” after it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic — which he described as a “terrible plague from China.” “I just want to wish everybody a really Happy Fourth of
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Biden calls for America to tackle ‘systemic racism’ in 4th of July message

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Joe Biden weighs potential running mates Conventional wisdom among people who study gender and politics says former Vice President Joe Biden will likely pick a woman of color as his running mate; Jacqui Heinrich reports. Joe Biden’s Fourth of July message focused on America’s long history of racial injustice — from slavery to George Floyd’s death —
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Military flyovers scheduled over four cities for Independence Day salute

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Military planes will fly over four big cities Saturday afternoon to celebrate Independence Day in a lead up to the Fourth of July air show in Washington, D.C. Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the aerial salute to several cities that were instrumental in the American Revolution. The flyovers will start in Boston at 4 p.m. and then travel to
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Justice Kavanaugh denies emergency request from Illinois GOP groups seeking to hold large rallies

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday denied an emergency appeal submitted by GOP lawmakers from Illinois that had argued against the governor’s restrictions on meeting in groups larger than 10 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois Republican Party filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in mid-June after Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker permitted religious groups and protestors to convene in large gatherings.
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Trump defends US history, blasts ‘radical left’ in ‘Salute to America’ celebration

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President Trump evoked the history of American patriots who defeated Nazis, toppled communists and chased down terrorists, but warned of another threat now in today’s political climate — the “radical left.” In a Fourth of July speech at the White House in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest, Trump called out the “angry mob” trying
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At UN Human Rights Council, 53 countries back China’s draconian Hong Kong crackdown

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Fifty-three countries at the U.N. Human Rights Council, led by Cuba, came out in support of China’s national security law this week — a law that has formed the basis of the communist regime’s latest crackdown on the people of Hong Kong. Dueling statements were read out in the Council Tuesday in support and against the national security law.
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Hillary Clinton, citing ‘dark times,’ urges Americans to register to vote in Independence Day message

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Former 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday, cited “dark times” in an Independence Day message, and urged Americans to march and register to vote. “In dark times, it’s important to remember that America can be what we make of it,” she said on Twitter. “We have more power than we can imagine when we
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Antonin Scalia, Jackie Robinson among those picked for Trump’s ‘National Garden’ of heroes

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President Trump on Friday announced the creation of a National Garden of American Heroes to pay tribute to historically significant Americans — a garden that will include former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and baseball star Jackie Robinson among past presidents, anti-slavery advocates and others. “I am announcing the creation of a new monument to
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Trump, in fiery Mount Rushmore address, decries rise of ‘far-left fascism,’ calls on Americans to rise up

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Speaking after the legendary U.S. Navy Blue Angels roared overhead, President Trump ushered in the July 4th weekend Friday night at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota with a full-throated condemnation of “far-left fascism” and a defense of “Judeo-Christian principles.” “This monument will never be desecrated,” Trump declared to cheers and applause. “These heroes will never be
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Oregon governor meets with state troopers caught flouting mask mandate in coffee shop

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown met Friday with three Oregon State Police troopers who were seen on video earlier this week defying a mandated statewide mask order while visiting a Corvallis coffee shop. The incident occurred the same day the governor’s mask order took effect as a response to the coronavirus outbreak. Brown said on social media
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Kim Guilfoyle tests positive, Don Jr. negative, for coronavirus, Trump campaign confirms

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Kimberly Guilfoyle, a senior adviser to the Trump 2020 Campaign and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., has tested positive for the coronavirus, the campaign confirmed Friday night. “After testing positive, Kimberly was immediately isolated to limit any exposure. She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic, but
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Protesters block road leading to Mount Rushmore ahead of Trump event, approximately 15 arrested

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About 15 protesters were arrested Friday after they blocked an access road to Mount Rushmore hours before President Trump was scheduled to give remarks to kick off Independence Day weekend. According to the Associated Press, the protest group was mostly made up of Native Americans protesting that South Dakota’s Black Hills were taken from the Lakota people against treaty agreements. Sheriff’s deputies
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Michael Dukakis warns Biden to ignore the polls: ‘No guarantee of success’

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Michael Dukakis, the former Democratic Massachusetts governor who lost his 1988 White House bid to then-Vice President George H. W. Bush, is warning Joe Biden not to take polls showing him with a double-digit lead over President Trump too seriously. A recent Fox News poll has Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, leading Trump 50-38 nationally as concerns grow over
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Biden campaign announces climate council to help mobilize voters, members include ex-rival Steyer

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign on Friday announced the formation of a Climate Engagement Advisory Council, which is designed to inform the campaign how to mobilize climate-focused voters to back Biden in November. The six-member council, which includes former presidential hopeful Tom Steyer, will work with the campaign to “develop and execute plans to engage key communities most
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Hydroxychloroquine helped save coronavirus patients, study shows; Trump campaign hails ‘fantastic news’

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Researchers at the Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan have found that early administration of the drug hydroxychloroquine makes hospitalized patients substantially less likely to die. The study, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, determined that hydroxychloroquine provided a “66% hazard ratio reduction,” and hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin a 71 percent reduction, compared to neither treatment. In-hospital
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Trump to kick off Independence Day weekend at Mt. Rushmore amid anti-monument push from activists

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President Trump on Friday will travel to Mount Rushmore to mark the start of Independence Day weekend with a firework display — coming at a time of vigorous national debate over America’s history, and when the South Dakota landmark is under renewed scrutiny by activists. Trump is expected to speak at the event, and more
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Sex-for-toilet-paper scandal alleged by New Jersey female inmates: report

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Sexual assault and harassment were rampant at a New Jersey correctional facility for women, six former inmates testified this week at a public forum. In one case, a former inmate named Marianne Brown said a guard asked, “What are you going to do for me?” when she sought a roll of toilet paper from a Hunterdon
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Democrat Dick Durbin to face Senate challenge from Chicago businessman

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A Chicago businessman says he plans to challenge longtime U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who will be seeking a fifth term in November. Willie Wilson, who previously challenged former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2018, announced his independent candidacy Thursday, FOX 32 of Chicago reported. Meeting with reporters, Wilson tore into Durbin, the current Senate
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