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Mississippi house speaker tests positive for coronavirus

House Speaker Philip Gunn said Sunday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus as state health officials reported more than 200 new infections and five deaths linked to the pandemic.

Gunn, a Republican from the Jackson suburb of Clinton, said in a video posted to Facebook that he got tested because he had been in close proximity to another member of the House who tested positive.

“I felt like I needed to go get myself tested just because I had been with this person and this morning was informed that I too have tested positive for COVID,” Gunn said. “I feel very fortunate that I don’t really have very many symptoms and feel fine.”

Gunn said he called everyone that he had been in close proximity to recently to let them know of his diagnosis and planned to self-quarantine. He also called on the state’s residents to do the same if they find out they’re infected: “We need to make sure that we do everything we can to get this past us as quickly as possible.”


Remains of missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen identified, lawyer says

The Army has identified the remains of missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, her family's lawyer said in a statement Sunday evening.

The Army Criminal Investigation Division has yet to independently confirm the identification. ABC News has reached out to Army CID for comment.


IA-SEN: Joni Ernst Says The Confederacy And Slavery Are Mere 'Blemishes' On American History

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) on Sunday both acknowledged and downplayed America's racist history by saying that the country had "blemishes" in its past.

During an interview on CNN, Ernst was asked if she was comfortable with President Donald Trump's rhetoric on monuments that celebrate Confederate history and the legacy of slavery.

"I truly do believe that we live in the greatest nation on the face of the planet," Ernst opined. "And we do have blemishes in our history. And we need to come together and have some hard discussions about our past."

"But the great thing about this nation is that we can learn from those blemishes, learn from those hard times in the past," she added, "and continue to evolve and a continually blessed nation. And again, we do live in the greatest nation on the face of the planet. And I hope that others understand that."


AZ-06: Two amazing candidates



AZ-06: Anita Malik - Putting Pain to Purpose

AZ-06: 'We should be letting data and science guide us' during pandemic: Dr. Hiral Tipirneni (VIDEO)

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Emergency Medicine Physician & Arizona's 6th Congressional District Candidate joins Zack Guzman to weigh on the surge of coronavirus cases in Arizona, and more.


Arizona woman claiming she's Trump's spokesperson goes nuts at local Target and attacks face mask ra

he long holiday weekend has led to several strange incidents by anti-mask-wearing conservatives throwing fits all over the country.

Such was the case in Scottsdale, Arizona, where an irate supporter of President Donald Trump, assaulted a wall of masks at a Target store. She was allegedly so furious that she began pulling all of the masks off the display and throwing them around the store area.

“This sh*t is all f*ckin’ over!” she shouted before saying it again, punctuating each word with additional fury. “This. Sh*t. Is. F*ckin’. Over! This sh*t’s over. This sh*t’s over. This sh*t’s over. This sh*t’s over. This sh*t’s over. This sh*t’s over. F*ck this sh*t! Not doin’ it. I’m not doin’ it. No, I’m not doin’ it. We don’t want this anymore.”

“Please stop,” Target employees wearing masks said approaching the woman.

“Why? Why? You let everyone else do it!” the angry woman insisted. “You let everyone else do it, but I can’t because I’m a blond white woman?”


AL-SEN: A Trump-Backed Senate Candidate's Hedge Fund Disaster

President Trump’s favored Senate candidate in Alabama, Tommy Tuberville, is known for his career as a college football coach.

But he also had a brief stint as co-owner of a hedge fund. It did not go well.

A little more than a decade ago, after departing from Auburn University where he was head coach, Mr. Tuberville entered into a 50-50 partnership with a former Lehman Brothers broker named John David Stroud. Their ventures, which included TS Capital Management and TS Capital Partners — T for Tuberville and S for Stroud — turned out to be a financial fraud. Mr. Stroud was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and Mr. Tuberville was sued by investors, who accused him of fraud and violating his fiduciary duty to take care of their investments; he reached a private settlement in 2013.

The episode has been seldom discussed in Mr. Tuberville’s Republican primary campaign for the Senate, in which his opponent in the July 14 runoff is Jeff Sessions, the former senator and attorney general who became an object of Mr. Trump’s ire after recusing himself from the Russia inquiry. The winner will face Doug Jones, considered perhaps the most vulnerable Democrat in the battle for control of the Senate.


More than 80% of GOP members of the Wisconsin Legislature voted absentee in April election

MADISON – Wisconsin Republicans who oppose making it easier for people to vote absentee have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote by mail in recent elections, with more than 80% of GOP members of the state Legislature doing it in April.

An analysis of absentee voting records provided to The Associated Press by the liberal advocacy group A Better Wisconsin Together showed a dramatic increase in absentee voting in the April presidential primary and state Supreme Court election. Republicans fought against making that election mail-in only as Democrats and Gov. Tony Evers proposed.

In the November 2018 and 2016 presidential elections, only around 33% of Republican state senators and 18% or less of Assembly members voted absentee. In April, that jumped to 81% of Assembly Republicans, 51 out of 63, and 83% of Senate Republicans, 15 out of 19.

President Donald Trump and Republicans have alleged, without evidence, that absentee voting leads to widespread fraud. Trump last week said the growing use of mail-in ballots is the “biggest risk” to his reelection, and his chances may hinge on whether he can successfully block efforts to make voting by mail easier during the pandemic.

Some Wisconsin Republicans were outspoken after the April election against a plan by the bipartisan state elections commission to mail absentee ballot applications to 2.7 million voters. Wisconsin lawmakers have also previously passed laws limiting the time that votes can be cast absentee before an election; limiting locations where voters can vote in-person absentee; and made it more difficult to obtain the ballot.


MA-01: High on the left's wish list: Knocking out another House chairman

BOSTON — Rep. Richard Neal hasn’t had a tough primary challenge in 30 years.

But Massachusetts’ Sept. 1 contest represents the last, best chance for the left to take down a Democratic incumbent this year, so the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee isn’t taking any chances against a progressive challenger.

He’s used his powerful committee perch to raise $3 million through March — the latest fundraising figures available — leaving him with $4.5 million cash on hand. He flexed his muscles when the federal government tried to seize a shipment of personal protective equipment that was on its way to a local hospital in April. Months before voters go to the polls, Neal has already aired three ads.

After watching a seemingly safe longtime Massachusetts Democratic incumbent, Michael Capuano, get taken down in the 2018 primary — and the likely defeat of at least one Democratic House incumbent in New York’s June 23 primary — the 71-year-old Neal is shoring up his defenses against Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, a challenger who is half his age.

"I know the spotlight's now shining on anybody who is young and quote-unquote progressive," said Candy Glazer, a former chair of the Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee who supports Neal. "I know it's popular now, progressive, somebody with gray hair's gotta go, but he's got the record. He's actually delivered."

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