China and Russia spreading anti-US vaccine misinformation, White House says – as it happened

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20:05

Night abstract

That’s it for me tonight. Thanks for studying alongside! Right here’s a few of what we lined:

  • A federal choose in Texas ordered the suspension of Daca – a program that protects immigrants delivered to the US as youngsters from deportation.
  • An investigation into voter fraud in Arizona turned up solely 200 potential circumstances out of greater than 3m votes forged throughout last-year’s presidential election. No votes had been counted twice.
  • Senate investigators launched a report detailing how a little-known safety unit within the US Commerce Division racially profiled and performed unauthorized surveillance of company workers of Chinese language and Center Japanese descent.

  • The Biden administration is standing by conservationist Tracy Stone-Manning, nominated to move the BLM, as Republicans name for her withdrawal.

Have an excellent weekend! See you subsequent time.

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19:37

Two legal professionals that filed a federal lawsuit final December claiming to characterize 160m American voters in a dispute over the outcomes of the 2020 election may face ramifications for submitting a frivolous go well with, the Washington Publish experiences.

Gary D Fielder and Ernest John Walker, the 2 attorneys from Colorado, had been chastised by federal Justice of the Peace choose N Reid Neureiter immediately, throughout a listening to to contemplate whether or not the pair ought to face sanctions.

“Did that ever happen to you? That, presumably, [you’re] simply repeating stuff the president is mendacity about?” Neureiter requested, questioning whether or not they knowingly grew to become a “propaganda instrument” for the previous president.

Each argue that they acted in good religion and believed the election had been stolen.

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19:19

The Biden administration is standing by Tracy Stone-Manning, a conservationist nominated to move the Bureau of Land Administration, as Republican lawmakers name for her withdraw, Reuters experiences.

Calling Stone-Manning “a devoted public servant who has years of expertise and a confirmed monitor report of discovering options and widespread floor when it involves our public lands and waters,” in a press release issued Friday, the White House mentioned she was exceptionally certified.

Stone-Manning was a senior adviser for conservation coverage on the Nationwide Wildlife Federation who pushed again towards the earlier president’s public land use insurance policies, together with the growth of fossil gas manufacturing.

The assertion was issued after a bunch of Republicans despatched a letter calling on Biden to withdrawal his nomination, accusing Stone-Manning of deceptive the committee on her ties to a tree-spiking incident – a tactic utilized by environmental activists that includes inserting steel or different supplies into bushes to cease them from being logged – that occurred a long time in the past.

“We don’t make this request evenly,” wrote 10 members of the Committee on Power and Pure Assets within the letter issued Wednesday, citing their perception that she made “false and deceptive statements in a sworn assertion to the US Senate Committee on Power and Pure Assets concerning her actions related to an eco-terrorist cell”.

Noting that the BLM manages one in ten acres together with roughly 65m acres of forests in 12 states, and about 30% of the nation’s minerals, they mentioned “any particular person who leads this essential company should have the religion and belief of the American individuals. Ms Stone-Manning has violated this belief.”

From Reuters:


The director place shall be central to the Biden administration’s effort to handle local weather change via administration of public lands, together with a present assessment of the federal oil and gasoline leasing program.

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18:36

A brand new report from Senate investigators discovered that an obscure safety unit working within the US Commerce Division spent a decade appearing as a “rogue, unaccountable police pressure” and performed unauthorized surveillance of the company’s workers if Chinese language and Center Japanese descent.

The report, launched by Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, was primarily based on the accounts of greater than two-dozen whistle-blowers, in accordance with the New York Occasions.

“Combating nationwide safety threats posed by China must be a precedence for any company, however that doesn’t give the federal authorities a license to ignore the regulation,” Wicker mentioned in a press release. “Abuse of authority and race-based focusing on is unacceptable, particularly in regulation enforcement.”

The investigators discovered that the unit searched worker e mail accounts, flagged “ethnic surnames” and even deployed masked-agents to raid places of work.

From the NYT:


Senate investigators painted an image of a unit that routinely engaged in unethical or unsafe actions that had been past the scope of its mandate and that its workers weren’t skilled to do. The report indicated that the majority of these efforts had been pushed over the course of a number of administrations by one official: George Lee, the unit’s longtime director, who has since been positioned on depart. Mr. Lee couldn’t be reached for touch upon Friday.”


17:54

Arizona had lower than 200 circumstances of potential voter fraud recognized by election officers out of greater than 3m votes forged throughout final yr’s presidential election, “undercutting former President Donald Trump’s claims of a stolen election as his allies proceed a disputed poll assessment within the state’s most populous county,” the Related Press experiences:


An Related Press investigation discovered 182 circumstances the place issues had been clear sufficient that officers referred them to investigators for additional assessment. Thus far, solely 4 circumstances have led to costs, together with these recognized in a separate state investigation. Nobody has been convicted. No individual’s vote was counted twice.

Whereas it’s potential extra circumstances may emerge, the numbers illustrate the implausibility of Trump’s claims that fraud and irregularities in Arizona value him the state’s voters votes. In closing, licensed and audited outcomes, Biden received 10,400 extra votes than Trump out of three.4 million forged.”

Quite a few research have proven that voter fraud is rare, however that hasn’t stopped Trump supporters from claiming the election was stolen and for Republican lawmakers to make use of the problem to push for laws that may add new voting restrictions.

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17:40

US Decide guidelines Daca is illegal

Gabrielle Canon right here, signing on from the west coast to take you thru the remainder of the afternoon.

First up—

In the present day a US federal choose in Texas has ordered the suspension of Daca program, which protects so-called “Dreamers” – immigrants who’ve been within the US since they had been youngsters – from deportation, arguing that it was illegally created by the Obama Administration.

The US district choose Andrew Hanen wrote in his ruling that the order received’t but affect the greater than 616,000 persons are already enrolled in this system till different courts weigh in, however this system is in any other case placed on pause.

Zoe Tillman
(@ZoeTillman)

Simply in: A federal choose in Texas has blocked the DACA program going ahead — it will not have an effect on present recipients for now (choose is placing that difficulty on maintain, pending anticipated appeals), however it blocks DHS from approving new functions https://t.co/urJh8jnJDd pic.twitter.com/LqvSDWx2ao

July 16, 2021

“DHS violated the APA with the creation of Daca and its continued operation,” he wrote. “Nonetheless,” he added, “these rulings don’t resolve the problem of the a whole lot of hundreds of Daca recipients and others who’ve relied upon this program for nearly a decade. That reliance has not diminished and might, in reality, have elevated over time.”

The order shall be quickly stayed in its utility to present recipients till “additional order of this Courtroom, the fifth circuit court docket of appeals, or the US supreme court docket” the ruling says.

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17:00

Afternoon abstract

Right here’s a fast abstract of what happened immediately.

  • Rochelle Walensky, head of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned that the nation is at the moment in a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” as 97% of people who find themselves hospitalized with Covid-19 are unvaccinated. Each state has reported will increase, and the federal authorities has been doubling down on messaging to get vaccinated, despite the fact that many Individuals stay skeptical.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned the state division has discovered that Russia and China have been spreading misinformation on social media that claims vaccines made within the West are ineffective. The White House has been calling out social media corporations to do extra to curb misinformation on their websites.
  • An excerpt from an upcoming guide by journalists Susan Glasser and Peter Baker revealed that Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of employees, stopped Donald Trump from launching an assault on Iran.
  • Nameless sources have mentioned that the ex-daughter-in-law of Allen Weisselberg, who has surrendered to Manhattan prosecutors of their investigation of the Trump Group for tax fraud, has implicated Trump by telling prosecutors that she witnessed the previous president providing to pay for her youngsters’s tuition as an alternative of giving her husband a elevate.

Keep tuned for extra stay updates.


16:53

Caitlyn Jenner, who’s campaigning to interchange California governor Gavin Newsom in his recall race, is at the moment in Australia to be a contestant on a actuality present two months earlier than the election takes place on 14 September.

On Twitter, Jenner mentioned she is “honoring a piece dedication that I had made previous to even deciding to run for governor” and mentioned that she has not paused her marketing campaign.

Caitlyn Jenner
(@Caitlyn_Jenner)

I’m honoring a piece dedication that I had made previous to even deciding to run for governor. There is no such thing as a pause in any respect on this race to avoid wasting CA!

July 16, 2021

Separate experiences on Friday from Politico mentioned that Jenner seems to be engaged on a documentary or sequence of types as a movie crew has been following her on the marketing campaign path.

Jenner is a part of an extended slate of Republican candidates who’re making an attempt to oust Newsom. She held her first press convention final week, months after she first introduced her run.


16:39

Susceptible Senate Democrats have gotten a flood of money over the previous few months as they gear up for the 2022 elections.

In accordance with CQ Roll Name, 4 present Senator – Mark Kelly of Arizona, Raphael Warnock of Georgia, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire – raised a mixed $19.2m between April and June of this yr and ended the quarter with $31.3m within the financial institution.

Warnock raised $7.2m within the second quarter of 2021, which he ended with $10.5m within the financial institution. Kelly in the meantime raised $6m and had $7.6m within the financial institution.

The fundraising numbers counsel the candidates are out-raising Republicans who’ve began trickling into the Senate races.

Kyle Griffin
(@kylegriffin1)

Punchbowl Information: Money available for senators in aggressive races, per second-quarter FEC filings:

→ Sen. Mark Kelly: $7.5 million

→ Sen. Raphael Warnock: $10.5 million

→ Sen. Maggie Hassan: $6.5 million

→ Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto: $6.5 million

July 16, 2021


16:23

Over 1m individuals had been arrested on the US-Mexico between October and June, in accordance with US Border Patrol knowledge launched Friday. Over 178,000 individuals had been arrested in June, a 20-year report for that month.

A bulk of the arrests had been of people who find themselves making an attempt to recross the border after being turned away. Migrants trying to cross can instantly be turned away when the federal government makes use of Title 42, an order from the Trump administration that enables Border Patrol to bar entry to those that pose a public well being danger.

About 455,000 distinctive people had been arrested by US Border Patrol this previous yr, which is decrease than the variety of distinctive people who crossed in 2019.


16:04

New Yorker: Milley stopped Trump attacking Iran

Martin Pengelly

Susan Glasser of the New Yorker and her husband, Peter Baker of the New York Occasions, have a Trump guide popping out subsequent yr. To not be not noted this summer season, as the bestseller lists are drenched within the issues, Glasser has a chunk of standardly startling reporting out on the topic immediately.

Briefly, Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of employees and star of many a Trump-related books story of late, reportedly didn’t solely cease Trump from taking pictures protesters and muse to buddies about “Reichstag moments” and “the gospel of the Führer”. He additionally did his finest to cease Trump launching an assault on Iran.

Right here’s the important thing passage:


Within the months after the election, with Trump seemingly prepared to do something to remain in energy, the topic of Iran was repeatedly raised in White House conferences with the president, and Milley repeatedly argued towards a strike. Trump didn’t need a warfare, the chairman believed, however he stored pushing for a missile strike in response to numerous provocations towards US pursuits within the area. Milley, by statute the senior navy adviser to the president, was frightened that Trump would possibly set in movement a full-scale battle that was not justified. Trump had a circle of Iran hawks round him and was shut with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was additionally urging the administration to behave towards Iran after it was clear that Trump had misplaced the election.

In case you do that, you’re gonna have a fucking warfare,” Milley would say.

Trump didn’t do it.

For what it’s price, Trump returned to the offensive towards Milley on Friday, issuing yet one more intemperate assertion in regards to the contents of books with which, in essentially the most half, he himself co-operated. The gist: “’Normal’ Milley (who [former defense secretary James] Mattis needed to ship to Europe with the intention to do away with him), if he mentioned what was reported, maybe must be impeached, or court-martialed and tried.”

Right here, in the meantime, is Lloyd Inexperienced’s assessment of maybe the most important of the Trump books, I Alone Can Repair It by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker of the Washington Publish, which incorporates loads of Milley’s musings about the opportunity of a coup, which have actually angered Trump. The guide is out subsequent week however is No1 on Amazon already:


15:42

US consultant Joyce Beatty mentioned in an interview that the arrest of her and eight others yesterday throughout a voting rights protest was ironic given how fast the response to the protest was in comparison with the Capitol riot 6 January.

“Right here we’re with the disparities of therapy with lower than 100 of individuals [compared to the] hundreds and hundreds of people that weren’t peacefully protesting,” she advised SiriusXM City Vie’s The Joe Madison Present.

The protest was “in the identical spirit” as protests that came about in the course of the Civil Rights Motion that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Joyce Beatty
(@RepBeatty)

Let the individuals vote. Combat for justice. pic.twitter.com/JnEUPl9KJW

July 15, 2021

“Fannie Lou Hamer and John Lewis and different marched, sang, protested and what happened? They acquired America’s consideration,” she mentioned. “We’re in a crucial level proper now… voting rights is our energy”

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15:08

Talking to the press briefly earlier than he left for Camp David for the weekend, Joe Biden doubled down on the White House’s message towards vaccine misinformation.

Kaitlan Collins
(@kaitlancollins)

Requested what his message is to platforms like Fb on coronavirus misinformation, President Biden says, “They’re killing individuals. The one pandemic we have now is among the many unvaccinated, and they’re killing individuals.” pic.twitter.com/Ke27Vi4M18

July 16, 2021

On the White House’s day by day press briefing yesterday, press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned that Fb and different social media corporations aren’t doing sufficient to fight misinformation spreading on their platforms.

“We’re flagging problematic posts for Fb that unfold disinformation. We’re working with docs and medical professionals to attach medical consultants who’re in style with our viewers with correct info and boos trusted content material,” she mentioned.


14:56

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a brand new invoice into regulation Thursday barring police from mendacity to underage children throughout interrogations.



Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. {Photograph}: Justin L Fowler/AP

Generally used interrogation ways, such as promising leniency or insinuating that incriminating proof exists, are banned for suspects beneath 18 years previous beneath the brand new regulation, which works into impact January 1, NPR reported:


In accordance with the Innocence Challenge, a corporation centered on exonerating wrongly convicted individuals, these varieties of interrogation strategies have been proven to result in false confessions. They’ve additionally performed a task in about 30% of all wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA.

Illinois as soon as was referred to as the “False Confession Capital of the US,” the group mentioned, due to numerous high-profile exonerations of people that falsely confessed to crimes they didn’t commit.

“In Illinois alone, there have been 100 wrongful convictions predicated on false confessions, together with 31 involving individuals beneath 18 years of age,” mentioned Lauren Kaeseberg, authorized director on the Illinois Innocence Challenge.

One notable case concerned the Englewood 4. In March 1995, Chicago police introduced in 4 Black youngsters from the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood and accused them of the rape and homicide of a lady named Nina Glover.

After hours of interrogation, police advised one of many youngsters, Terrill Swift, that if he simply confessed to being on the scene he may go residence — so he did. All 4 teenagers would confess to the crimes, and had been all nonetheless in jail 20 years after they had been exonerated because of DNA proof.


14:32

A choose in DC has mentioned that the federal authorities can’t share grand jury supplies with a contractor who was employed to prepare the large assortment of proof from the 6 January Capitol riots, in accordance with Politico. Over 500 defendants face federal prosecution for his or her function within the revolt.

Deloitte Monetary Advisory Providers was supplied $6.1m to create a database of fabric from the riot collected by the FBI. The federal authorities has reportedly collected 16,000 hours of footage from the day and have issued 6,000 grand jury subpoenas. To maneuver prosecutions ahead for the a whole lot of circumstances, the federal government would wish to share its proof with protection attorneys representing these dealing with costs.

The ruling implies that organizing the huge pile of proof shall be extra of a headache for the federal authorities.

In her resolution, DC district court docket choose Beryl Howell mentioned that prosecutors didn’t present there was a “particularized want” to supply Deloitte with entry to grand jury supplies on condition that it is a non-public agency.

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