Chemical Fire Burns Near Lake Charles, La., in Aftermath of Hurricane Laura

Chemical Fire Burns Near Lake Charles, La., in Aftermath of Hurricane Laura | 27 Aug 2020 | 9:26 p.m. ET: A chemical plant in Westlake, La., that caught fire during Hurricane Laura is still burning Thursday evening. The facility, BioLab Inc., makes chlorine for swimming pools. Officials are unsure exactly when the fire started, but Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Press Secretary Greg Langley said his agency was informed of the fire around 9 a.m. local time. LDEQ began monitoring the air quality when they arrived at the scene, and the team's initial readings did not detect any chlorine. During a 1 p.m. press conference, State Fire Marshall Butch Browning also said no chlorine was detected in the air.

Rand Paul calls for FBI arrests, investigation into 'mob' he believes 'would have killed us,' if not for police

Rand Paul calls for FBI arrests, investigation into 'mob' he believes 'would have killed us,' if not for police | 28 Aug 2020 | Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told "Fox & Friends" he believes he would have been killed if not for the police when he and his wife were surrounded and attacked by a "mob" yelling threats and pushing police upon exiting the White House after President Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) Thursday night. "It was horrific," the Republican senator -- who had part of his lung removed due to a complication from the 2017 assault by his neighbor -- told host Steve Doocy of the "unhinged" mob that continued to get bigger and bigger... Paul said he's authored 22 criminal justice reforms with President Trump and former President Barack Obama, but the demonstrators were still yelling: "We're not going to let you go alive unless you'll say you're for criminal justice reform." ...The Pauls were unharmed, but the senator is still calling on the FBI to make arrests and conduct an investigation into the "interstate criminal traffic being paid for across state lines" because people have already been killed in other cities.

Kenosha Police arrest 9 people in out-of-state cars carrying gas masks, fireworks

Kenosha Police arrest 9 people in out-of-state cars carrying gas masks, fireworks --The vehicles consisted of a minivan, bread truck and school bus | 27 Aug 2020 | Kenosha police arrested nine people traveling in vehicles with out-of-state license plates Wednesday on suspicion of criminal conduct amid the civil unrest occurring in the city. Officials said they received a tip about the vehicles. When officers found them -- a bread truck, black school bus and minivan -- they followed the occupants, a police news release said. The department did not specify which states the license plates were from. While under police surveillance, the group stopped at a gas station and attempted to fill up multiple fuel cans, the statement said.

Trump vows 'security' as he accepts GOP nomination, warns Biden would end 'American greatness'

Trump vows 'security' as he accepts GOP nomination, warns Biden would end 'American greatness' | 28 Aug 2020 | Arguing "no one will be safe in Biden's America," President Trump took aim at rival Joe Biden and painted a clear contrast between himself and the Democratic presidential nominee as he gave arguably the most important speech of his 2020 reelection campaign. Delivering his GOP renomination acceptance speech live from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday night as he closed out this week's Republican National Convention, the president emphasized that "Joe Biden is not the savior of America's soul – he is the destroyer of America's jobs, and if given the chance, he will be the destroyer of American greatness." And making the case for another four years steering the nation, arguing he's kept his promises and delivered on them to supporters, Trump vowed that "in a new term as president, we will again build the greatest economy in history - quickly returning to full employment, soaring incomes and record prosperity."

Trump grants full pardon to Alice Johnson after her RNC speech

Trump grants full pardon to Alice Johnson after her RNC speech | 28 Aug 2020 | President Trump on Friday pardoned Alice Johnson, the woman sentenced to life in prison before being freed by Trump in 2018, hours after she praised his compassion in an emotional speech on the final night of the 2020 Republican National Convention. "I'm so proud of you and we're giving Alice a full pardon," Trump said in the Oval Office. "That's the ultimate thing that can happen. That means you can do whatever you want in life, and just keep doing the great job you're doing." Johnson, 65, wiped tears from her eyes but did not speak to reporters at the unscheduled event. "Alice has done an incredible job since she's been out and recommending other people," Trump said.

Dow turns positive for 2020, with S&P on pace for best August since '84

Dow turns positive for 2020, with S&P on pace for best August since '84 | 28 Aug 2020 | Stocks rallied to record highs Friday on stronger than expected economic data and with the race for the White House officially underway following President Trump's acceptance of the GOP nomination. The Dow Jones Industrial Average turned positive for the year, returning to the highs of February, rising over 161 points or 0.57% closing at 28,653.87. The Dow 30 is on pace for its best August since 1984 as is the S&P 500 which hit a fresh record Friday rising 0.67% while the Nasdaq rose 0.60%, respectively, both extended their longest streak of record closes in 2020. The Nasdaq is on pace for its best month since 2000 and the S&P has risen eight of the last nine weeks.

Sen. Rand Paul thanks DC cops for saving him from 'crazed mob' after RNC

Sen. Rand Paul thanks DC cops for saving him from 'crazed mob' after RNC --"Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House," Paul tweeted | 28 Aug 2020 | U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he was attacked by a "crazed mob" of more than 100 people after leaving the White House following President Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican Convention. "Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House, he wrote on Twitter early Friday. "Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob." Video on social media appeared to show a crowd chasing and jeering Paul, who was escorted by D.C. police as he returned to his hotel. An officer was captured on video being shoved by a protester and was nearly knocked over. Paul appeared to help steady the officer.

Zogby Poll: President Trump records his best job approval rating on record - 52%

Zogby Poll: President Trump records his best job approval rating on record - 52% | 26 Aug 2020 | In our latest Zogby Poll, the president has recorded his best job approval rating on record-52% at least somewhat approved/47% at least somewhat disapproved. When it came to intensity of surveyed voters, a third (32%) strongly approved while 35% strongly disapproved. There were specific demographics in the president's job approval numbers that helped move his overall rating upward: he improved drastically with younger voters aged 18-29 (50% at least somewhat approved/49% at least somewhat disapproved) and voters aged 30-64 (54% at least somewhat approved/45% at least somewhat disapproved....The president also improved his numbers with Independents (44% at least somewhat approved/53% at least somewhat disapproved). And intriguingly, nearly a quarter of Democrats at least somewhat approved of the president's job performance (23% at least somewhat approved/76% at least somewhat disapproved).

'Four more years': Trump formally accepts GOP nomination from White House

'Four more years': Trump formally accepts GOP nomination from White House | 27 Aug 2020 | President Trump formally accepted the GOP nomination for reelection on Thursday evening in front of a sea of guests on the White House South Lawn on the final night of the 2020 Republican National Convention. "We are one national family, and we will always protect, love and care for each other," Trump said to thunderous applause from the crowd of supporters after emerging from the White House with first lady Melania Trump to the sounds of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." "My fellow Americans, tonight with a heart full of gratitude and boundless optimism, I profoundly accept the nomination for president of the United States," he said to wild cheers of "four more years!"

Mystery as Joe Biden Tweeted About the Pandemic Six Months Before America's Outbreak and Before COVID-19 Emerged in China

Mystery as Joe Biden Tweeted About the Pandemic Six Months Before America's Outbreak and Before COVID-19 Emerged in China | 27 Aug 2020 | The date on one particular Joe Biden tweet from Oct. 2019 stands out as beyond suspicious. Just like the Washington Post's story Biden's tweet is a response to -- about the pandemic and America's response to a pandemic. But this was MONTHS BEFORE the pandemic in America and even months before the COVID-19 break out in China. Part of a script you might say? For a bumbling, mumbling guy who can't formulate a complete, coherent sentence on a good day you have to wonder who briefed Joe and the Washington Post about a pandemic six months before the United States shut down. Who is writing this script?

Pelosi says there shouldn't be any debates between Biden and Trump

Pelosi says there shouldn't be any debates between Biden and Trump | 27 Aug 2020 | Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday she doesn't think there should be any presidential debates ahead of the November election, arguing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden shouldn't "legitimize" a discussion with President Trump. "I don’t think that there should be any debates," Pelosi told reporters. "I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts." "I wouldn't legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States," she added... Pelosi had hinted that she didn't think Biden should debate Trump during an interview last week with David Axelrod on his podcast.

Hurricane Laura makes landfall as Category 4 in Louisiana with 'life-threatening' surge

Hurricane Laura makes landfall as Category 4 in Louisiana with 'life-threatening' surge --National Hurricane Center says expect 'catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds, and flash flooding.' | 27 Aug 2020 | Hurricane Laura slammed ashore in southwestern coastal Louisiana early Thursday with a ferocity that this region has never previously endured. The storm made landfall at 1 a.m. near Cameron, La. about 35 miles east of the Texas border. The storm, which leaped from a Category 1 on Tuesday to a high-end Category 4 Wednesday night, packed 150 mph peak winds when it crossed the coast. Laura struck near high tide and is predicted to inundate coastal areas of western Louisiana to the Texas border in up to 15 to 20 feet of water... The surge threat prompted a mandatory evacuation for Lake Charles, La., where much of the city of 78,000 may flood.

77 false coronavirus positives for NFL teams actually all negative - report

77 false coronavirus positives for NFL teams actually all negative - report | 24 Aug 2020 | All 77 positive COVID-19 tests reported from a testing lab in New Jersey were negative on a retest, according to multiple reports. Eleven teams were impacted by the testing error, which prompted fears of an NFL outbreak. The Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and New York Jets all had at least 10 players informed of positive tests. All of those players were negative on follow-up testing, ESPN reported Monday...Daily [useless] testing is set to expire on Sept. 5.

Suspected teen gunman Kyle Rittenhouse spotted cleaning Kenosha graffiti before shooting

Suspected teen gunman Kyle Rittenhouse spotted cleaning Kenosha graffiti before shooting | 26 Aug 2020 | The suspected teen shooter who killed two Kenosha protesters and injured a third Tuesday night was photographed cleaning graffiti in the city just hours before the violence. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Illinois, allegedly traveled into Kenosha and affiliated himself with a small but heavily armed militia that claimed to be helping law enforcement protect the city after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Before allegedly being filmed shooting protesters during a tense confrontation, Rittenhouse was spotted joining other volunteers in cleaning graffiti from a high school nearby the Kenosha County Courthouse. Later that night, a gunman carrying a rifle -- suspected to be Rittenhouse -- was caught in disturbing footage shooting protesters who had chased after him.

Hurricane Laura: Storm Strengthens to Near Category 5

Breaking: Hurricane Laura: Storm Strengthens to Near Category 5 | 26 Aug 2020 | (Updates) Hurricane Laura, now with 150 mile-per-hour winds, is projected to make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday near the Texas-Louisiana border. The National Hurricane Center says "large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage" to a roughly 150-mile stretch of the Gulf Coast. Forecasters say Laura could cause an 'unsurvivable' storm surge. Hurricane Laura, a major Category 4 storm, hurtled toward the coasts of Louisiana and Texas on Wednesday, prompting dire warnings from state leaders about life-threatening conditions as the storm rapidly gained strength. The storm had sustained winds of about 150 miles per hour with higher gusts as it powered north through the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

Sen. Tim Scott: My Family Went From Cotton to Congress in One Lifetime

Sen. Tim Scott: My Family Went From Cotton to Congress in One Lifetime | 24 Aug 2020 | Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) addressed the Republican National Convention as the keynote speaker on Monday night. "My grandfather's 99th birthday would have been tomorrow," Scott said. "Growing up, he had to cross the street if a white person was coming. He suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third grader to pick cotton, and never learned to read or write." "Yet, he lived to see his grandson become the first African American to be elected to both the United States House and Senate," Scott continued. "Our family went from Cotton to Congress in one lifetime. And that’s why I believe the next American century can be better than the last."

'You're not alone': Melania Trump delivers speech at Republican National Convention

'You're not alone': Melania Trump delivers speech at Republican National Convention | 26 Aug 2020 | While others at the Republican National Convention spoke about the coronavirus as a challenge successfully conquered, First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday night used her address from the Rose Garden to acknowledge the pain of lives lost and families upended by the pandemic. "I want you to know you're not alone," she said to the tens of thousands of families that have been affected. More than 177,000 Americans have been killed by COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. "My husband’s administration will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment or vaccine available to everyone," she said, speaking to an audience that included the president, vice-president and his wife, and her parents. "Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic," she added in remarks that were softer in tone than many who spoke before her.

Washington Football Team cancels Thursday practice to have discussion on racism, social injustice

Washington Football Team cancels Thursday practice to have discussion on racism, social injustice | 26 Aug 2020 | The Washington Football Team is cancelling their Thursday practice to have a discussion on racism and social injustice following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. on Sunday. "Friday we can return to football. But tomorrow will be about reflection instead," coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. Multiple teams and players across professional American sports leagues either sat out or boycotted games on Wednesday in protest of Blake's shooting. The Milwaukee Bucks decided not to play their playoff game against the Orlando Magic, and the NBA postponed afterwards postponed its remaining games.

GOP women offer personal testimonials on Trump

GOP women offer personal testimonials on Trump | 26 Aug 2020 | Republican women told personal stories on the third night of the GOP convention about how President Trump provided them with professional opportunities or showed kindness in difficult times, as the campaign attempts to narrow a yawning gender gap with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a deeply personal story about how Trump called her in the hospital to show encouragement after she decided to undergo a preventative mastectomy. Kellyanne Conway, one of the president's longest-serving senior White House aides who announced Sunday she would leave her position at the end of the month to focus on her family, praised Trump for making her his 2016 campaign manager.

Mike Pence formally accepts GOP nomination for vice president

Breaking: Mike Pence formally accepts GOP nomination for vice president | 26 Aug 2020 | Speaking from historic Fort McHenry, Mike Pence formally accepted the GOP nomination for a second term as vice president Wednesday night as he addressed the Republican National Convention. The vice president's acceptance speech came from the site of the fort where the raising of the American flag during the War of 1812 inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner." The raising of the flag signaled the United States' victory against the British in the Battle of Baltimore, and Pence's speech tied in with theme for Night 3 of the convention, "Land of Heroes." "Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again," Pence said. "And for the last four years, I’ve watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. So with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican Party and the grace of God, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as vice president of the United States."

Trump says federal law enforcement, National Guard on way to site of violent protests in Wisconsin

Evers doubles Guard deployment; Trump sending federal agents | 26 Aug 2020 | Following a third straight night of violent protests in Kenosha, the most recent of which turned deadly, law enforcement officers in the city will be getting even more assistance from the National Guard as well as from federal agencies. On Wednesday, Gov. Tony Evers doubled the number of members of the National Guard who will be deployed to Kenosha, announcing 500 soldiers will be activated. The move comes a day after another doubling, when he upped the contingent from 125 to 250 Guard members. Additionally, Evers plans to work with other states to enlist more help from the National Guard and state patrol agencies... "...TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!," the president tweeted.

Blake had knife in car when Kenosha cop shot him - Wisconsin DOJ

Blake had knife in car when Kenosha cop shot him - Wisconsin DOJ --Blake admitted to having the knife during the investigation | 26 Aug 2020 | Jacob Blake had a knife on the floorboard of his car when he was shot by police, said the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which also has identified the shooting officer as Rusten Sheskey. The knife was recovered from the driver's side of Blake's SUV, the agency said. It did not say whether Blake was holding the knife when Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department, shot him Sunday evening. Blake, 29, admitted to having the knife during the investigation, officials said. No other weapons were recovered.

All NBA playoff games on Wednesday postponed amid boycotts surrounding Jacob Blake shooting

All NBA playoff games on Wednesday postponed amid boycotts surrounding Jacob Blake shooting | 26 Aug 2020 | The NBA has postponed all playoff games on Wednesday amid boycotts surrounding the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to boycott. Kenosha is located 35 miles south of Milwaukee. They were scheduled to play Game 5 against the Orlando Magic but did not appear on the court for warm-ups. Only the Orlando Magic appeared on the court for warm-ups, while the Bucks remained in their locker room. The Magic ultimately left the court with less than four minutes until the game was set to start.

Berlin bans protests against coronavirus measures

Berlin bans protests against coronavirus measures | 26 Aug 202 | Officials in Berlin are banning demonstrations against coronavirus prevention measures, calling the protests themselves a breach of social distancing rules. Authorities noted one protest occurring on Aug. 1 during which demonstrators flouted measures such as social distancing and mask requirements, the Associated Press reported. The protest against pandemic measures garnered nearly 15,000 marchers in the street, with demonstrators holding signs that read "Corona, false alarm" and chanting "We're here and we're loud, because we are being robbed of our freedom."

S&P 500, Nasdaq post most consecutive records of 2020

S&P 500, Nasdaq post most consecutive records of 2020 | 26 Aug 2020 | Stocks climbed to record highs Wednesday as investors sifted through positive news on the U.S. economy, a number of corporate earnings reports and two high-profile forthcoming stock splits. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite notched records, rising 1.02% and 1.73%, respectively, on the way to their longest streak of all-time highs this year. The S&P has finished in record territory the past four sessions while the Nasdaq extended its record run to five days. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, meanwhile, rose 0.30%, or 84 points, despite losses from Exxon Mobil, which is set to be removed from the index on Monday.

DOJ asks governors about coronavirus orders that may have resulted in nursing home deaths

DOJ asks governors about coronavirus orders that may have resulted in nursing home deaths --Four killers on the hot seat: Cuomo, Murphy, Wolf, and Whitmer | 26 Aug 2020 | The Justice Department (DOJ) on Wednesday requested data from four governors on their orders requiring nursing homes to admit coronavirus patients. "Protecting the rights of some of society's most vulnerable members, including elderly nursing home residents, is one of our country's most important obligations," Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband said in a statement. "We must ensure they are adequately cared for with dignity and respect and not unnecessarily put at risk." The department requested data from Govs. Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York, Phil Murphy (D) of New Jersey, Tom Wolf (D) of Pennsylvania and Gretchen Whitmer (D) of Michigan. [Where's the data request from Ned Lamont (D) of Connecticut?]

17-year-old in custody, accused of shooting 3 people, killing 2 during Kenosha protest [riot]

17-year-old in custody, accused of shooting 3 people, killing 2 during Kenosha protest [riot] | 26 Aug 2020 | A 17-year-old suspect is in custody in Illinois after overnight shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, left two people dead and one injured. According to a criminal complaint, 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse is charged in Wisconsin with first-degree intentional homicide. Rittenhouse is being held at a juvenile facility in Illinois. According to Antioch Police Department, Rittenhouse is from the city's suburbs. According to Antioch Police, Rittenhouse was arrested this morning in Antioch on a juvenile fugitive from justice warrant out of Wisconsin. Antioch police said he is being held pending an extradition hearing scheduled for Friday... The shooting he is accused of erupted late Tuesday, just before midnight, during the third straight night of unrest in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake.

COVID-1984 Dictatorship in Connecticut to Keep Obsessively Testing for Coronavirus, Despite New CDC Guidelines

COVID-1984 Dictatorship in Connecticut to Keep Obsessively Testing for Coronavirus, Despite New CDC Guidelines --Governor Ned Lamont (D) killed thousands of seniors in nursing homes, even though the Hartford Courant continues to give him a pass: Connecticut officials will not alter COVID-19 testing approach despite changes recommended by CDC | 26 Aug 2020 | Connecticut will not alter its approach to COVID-19 testing, state officials said Wednesday, despite a sudden switch in guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC, which has recently rolled back several coronavirus guidelines, said this week it would no longer recommend COVID-19 testing for individuals who had been exposed to the disease but were not experiencing symptoms. Dr. Deidre Gifford, Connecticut's acting commissioner of the state Department of Public Health [sic], said officials were "in touch with colleagues to try to understand the science behind the modification in those recommendations."

State Department Official 'Destroyed' Records at Foreign Agent's Request

State Department Official 'Destroyed' Records at Foreign Agent's Request | 26 Aug 2020 | A former State Department official told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he destroyed records in January 2017, the month President Donald Trump took office, at the request of former British spy Christopher Steele, according to a new report. Jonathan Winer, who served as special envoy to Libya through early 2017, was Steele's contact at the State Department. Winer arranged a meeting for Steele in October 2016 with another State Department official at Foggy Bottom to share findings of research on Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee in the November 2016 election. The Senate Intelligence Committee interviewed Winer twice about his contacts with Steele and his handling of the so-called Steele dossier on Trump, on July 10, 2017, and April 18, 2018. According to the Senate committee's report released Tuesday, Winer disclosed that he destroyed reports that Steele had sent him over the years. The report also says that Winer failed to reveal when asked in his first interview with the committee that he had arranged the meeting for Steele at the State Department months earlier.

Hurricane Laura, now Category 4, may bring 'unsurvivable' storm surge to Texas-Louisiana border

Hurricane Laura, now Category 4, may bring 'unsurvivable' storm surge to Texas-Louisiana border --Storm surge from Laura could reach up to 30 miles inland, say forecasters | 26 Aug 2020 | An intensifying Hurricane Laura grew stronger by the hour Wednesday over the Gulf of Mexico as forecasters said the system strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, spawning a storm surge that's already swamped parts of the Gulf Coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said Wednesday after that Laura, now a major hurricane, has exploded into a Category 4 storm, threatening to bring life-threatening storm surge, extreme winds, and flash flooding over eastern Texas and Louisiana. As of 2 p.m. EDT, the storm is located about 200 miles south-southeast of Lake Charles, La., moving northwest at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. "Little time remains to protect life and property," the NHC said in its latest advisory.

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