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Days after photos of packed hallways go viral, Paulding high school reports 9 COVID-19 cases

Source: WSB News

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — Just days after a photo of crowded hallways at North Paulding High School went viral, parents were informed Saturday of 9 confirmed cases of coroanvirus at the school.

Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Nicole Carr got a copy of the letter. Principal Gabe Carmona wrote that six students and three staff members who were in school last week have since reported positive tests for COVID-19.

The school district has not announced if students who were exposed will have to quarantine and have not given any notice about shutting down classrooms.

Read more: https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/paulding-county/days-after-photos-packed-hallways-go-viral-paulding-school-reports-9-covid-19-cases/X3FEDBYQ3FEA3F3TX5MMQD6E3Y/

Didn't see THAT coming...

Joe Biden campaign ad: "The Wall"


Eyes on the skies for Biden's pick for No. 2


NEW … WHILE WE’RE ON THE VEEPSTAKES PRIVATE PLANE KICK, a plane is scheduled to take off from Dulles at 1:53 p.m. and is headed for Wilmington, Del. Maybe something, maybe nothing! The flight:


-- THE SCOOP, via DAVID EGGERT in Lansing, Mich.: “AP sources: Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision”: “Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision.

“Whitmer visited Biden Sunday, according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The first-term governor of the battleground state has long been on his short list of possible running mates.

“Flight records show a chartered plane left Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport for Delaware Coastal Airport at 5:33 p.m. and returned at 11:16 p.m.”

Perhaps a Senator in Washington?

How many people got mail today?

How many people got mail yesterday?

The number of people convincing themselves (and others) that the post office is going to collapse is scary...

Justice Democrats candidate accused of inappropriate sexual behavior

Source: Politico

Three groups of college Democrats in Massachusetts disinvited left-wing congressional primary challenger and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse from all future events alleging that he showed a pattern of using “his platform and taking advantage of his position of power for romantic or sexual gain, specifically toward young students.”

The email, sent on Thursday and signed by College Democrats of Massachusetts, U-Mass.-Amherst Democrats, and Amherst College Democrats alleged that Morse, who is challenging House Ways and Means Chairman Richie Neal, had “sexual contact” with students at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he is a lecturer on political science.

“Numerous incidents over the course of several years have shown that it is no longer appropriate to encourage interaction between College Democrats and Alex Morse,” they wrote.

In a letter sent back to the groups on Thursday and obtained by POLITICO, Morse wrote, “I want to be clear that every relationship I’ve had has been consensual. However, I also recognize that I have to be cognizant of my position of power.” He continued: “Navigating life as both a young gay man and an elected official can be difficult, but that doesn’t excuse poor judgment.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/07/college-dems-allege-alex-morse-engaged-in-inappropriate-sexual-behavior-392667

I'm come to the concusion that the only safe sport in the COVID era is...

Competitive Zorbing

N.Y.P.D. Besieges Black Lives Matter Leader as He Broadcasts Live

Source: New York Times

Derrick Ingram, a Black Lives Matter organizer, was besieged inside his Manhattan apartment on Friday while a police helicopter patrolled overhead, officers banged on his door and police dogs growled in the hallway.

The street outside had been closed off by roughly two dozen police vehicles and dozens of officers, including some who were wearing riot gear. At the end of the block, Black Lives Matter supporters had gathered with bullhorns and cameras to protest what appeared to be Mr. Ingram’s imminent arrest.

“What did I do? What did I do?” he said on a livestream posted on Instagram. “I was born Black, that’s what I did.”

The tense standoff in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood continued for several hours as Mr. Ingram, 28, talked to lawyers via Zoom and communicated with the outside world over the Instagram video. He declined to let the officers enter his apartment without a warrant.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/07/nyregion/nypd-derrick-ingram-protester.html?smid=tw-share

INSIDE ELECTIONS shifts 27 House races in Dem favor


Postal Service chief denies slowing down election mail to assist Trump

Source: Politico

The head of the United States Postal Service on Friday denied claims he was sabotaging election mail on behalf of President Donald Trump, as large delivery delays spark fears of a voting crisis associated with an increase in mail-in ballots.


DeJoy pushed back against these claims during an open session of the Postal Service’s Board of Governors on Friday morning.

“While I certainly have a good relationship with the president of the United States, the notion that I would ever make decisions regarding the Postal Service at the direction of the president or anyone else in the administration is wholly off base,” DeJoy said.

The postmaster general also rejected allegations that he was purposefully slowing down mail ahead of the November election, where mail-in ballots are expected to play an outsize role due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/07/postal-service-chief-denies-slowing-down-election-mail-to-assist-trump-392555

GOP women warn of eroding support among female voters amid a 'gender chasm'

Source: Washington Post

A growing number of Republican women are sounding the alarm about continuing loss of support for President Trump and the GOP among female voters ahead of the November election, warning that the party is in danger of permanently alienating women if it doesn’t change course.

Trump’s flailing response to the coronavirus pandemic and his move to inflame nationwide racial tensions are exacerbating an already precarious situation, according to interviews with female Republican lawmakers and GOP pollsters focused on female voters.

Women now favor presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by an eye-popping 23 percentage points, according to an average of national polls since late June. And White women, a majority of whom backed Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016, are starting to abandon the president.

“There was a gender gap when it came to Hillary Clinton, but now there is a gender chasm,” said GOP strategist Sarah Longwell, who has been conducting regular focus groups with female Trump voters who no longer approve of the president. “Trump has created an environment where women are not particularly interested in the Republican Party … where the Republican Party doesn’t seem like a place for women.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republican-women-falling-support-trump/2020/08/07/108bec18-d5b6-11ea-b9b2-1ea733b97910_story.html
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