Rebecca Falconer
Rebecca Falconer
Journalist with axios | E-mail symbolrebecca.falconer@axios.com | http://chargedas.co.nz social media manager in my spare time — hubby's phone charging station firm.Source
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National Guard activated in D.C. and Wisconsin after statues targeted

National Guard activated in D.C. and Wisconsin after statues targeted

Steel fences with concrete bases outside the White House on Wednesday after a failed attempt to topple a statue of the late President Andrew Jackson at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty ImagesThe National Guard was activated on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin in response to anti-racism protesters' attempts to topple statues.Driving the news: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) took the action after unrest in Madison on Tuesday night saw demonstrators pull down two statues and hurl a "Molotov cocktail into a government building" in a bid to enter the state...

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Trump says he asked officials to slow coronavirus testing down

Trump says he asked officials to slow coronavirus testing down

President Trump arrives at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty ImagesPresident at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday that he asked officials to "slow the testing down" for the novel coronavirus.Details: This is the first time Trump has made such remarks, and the campaign for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden issued a statement calling Trump's comments "outrageous" and "appalling." The White House told reporters that Trump was joking, Axios' ."COVID. To be specific, COVID-19. That name gets further...

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Report: Trump appointee fires VOA affiliate heads

Report: Trump appointee fires VOA affiliate heads

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosMichael Pack, the new U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) head appointed by President Trump, on Wednesday dismissed the heads of at least three news outlets he oversees and "replaced their boards with allies," .Why it matters: There are concerns Pack may turn Voice of America and other outlets he oversees as USAGM CEO "into Trump administration propaganda machines," AP notes. (VOA journalists such claims.) Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), were an "egregious breach" and confirm he's "on a political mission to destroy the USAGM’s independence."Driving the news: Pack,...

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Jun 18
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Statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis torn down in Virginia

Statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis torn down in Virginia

Protesters pulled down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the historic Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday night, show.The big picture: Confederate statues have become a flash-point in some cities during Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and in Virginia in particular. On Saturday, protesters in Richmond of Confederate general Williams Carter Wickham. removed a statue of a Confederate soldier named "Appomattox" last week. Virginia Gov. last week that the memorial for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee would be removed from Monument Avenue. Go deeper: Editor's...

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Jun 11
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New Zealand is now free of coronavirus

New Zealand is now free of coronavirus

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news briefing on Monday that she "did a little dance" around her lounge room when she was told there were no active cases. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty ImagesThere are no known novel coronavirus cases in New Zealand for the first time since COVID-19 arrived in the country .Details: Following confirmation that the country's last remaining case had recovered, Prime Minister Monday that all remaining domestic restrictions would be lifted at midnight local time. However, the border will remain closed to all but returning Kiwis."We have eliminated...

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AOC slams NYPD over reports of police kettling in protesters on Manhattan Bridge

AOC slams NYPD over reports of police kettling in protesters on Manhattan Bridge

Protesters denouncing police brutality and systemic racism exit the Manhattan Bridge after being stopped by police for hours during a citywide curfew in New York City. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty ImagesThousands of mostly peaceful demonstrators defied an 8 p.m. curfew to march through New York City on Tuesday, .Details: Rep. (D-N.Y.) criticized the New York Police Department via Twitter over reports that police were kettling in hundreds of protesters on Manhattan Bridge.The big picture: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a briefing earlier Tuesday he was extending the 8 p.m-5 a.m. curfew...

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Amnesty International: U.S. police must end militarized response to protests

Amnesty International: U.S. police must end militarized response to protests

Amnesty International issued a statement on Sunday morning calling for an end to militarized policing in several U.S. cities and the use of "excessive force" against demonstrators protesting police brutality. Why it matters: The human rights group said police across the country were "failing their obligations under international law to respect and facilitate the right to peaceful protest, exacerbating a tense situation and endangering the lives of protesters." "Equipping officers in a manner more appropriate for a battlefield may put them in the mindset that confrontation and conflict are...

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Trump accuses Twitter of interfering in 2020 election by fact-checking his voting claims

Trump accuses Twitter of interfering in 2020 election by fact-checking his voting claims

President Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty ImagesPresident Tuesday evening to Twitter him for the first time on his claiming mail-in ballots in November's election would be fraudulent.What he's saying: "Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election.They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post," the president tweeted. "Twitter is completely stifling FREE...

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May 27
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Hong Kong police fire pepper pellets at activists protesting China anthem bill

Hong Kong police fire pepper pellets at activists protesting China anthem bill

Hong Kong riot policeissue a warning as they aim to clear away people gathered downtownon Wednesday. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty ImagesHong Kong riot police have fired pepper pellets at activists and surrounded the Legislative Council during demonstrations against a bill proposing to criminalize "disrespect of the Chinese anthem" on Wednesday, .Why it matters: The bill is the latest concern pro-democracy protesters have that Chinese authorities are encroaching on the high degree of autonomy the former British colony has retained since it was returned to China in 1997.The big...

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Trump accuses Dems of trying to "rig" election as GOP sues California over mail-in ballots

Trump accuses Dems of trying to "rig" election as GOP sues California over mail-in ballots

California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a February news conference in Sacramento, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesPresident of trying to Rig" November's elections as Republican groups filed a lawsuit against California Sunday in an attempt to stop Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from mailing ballots to all registered voters.Driving the news: Newsom signed this month in response to the coronavirus pandemic to make sure all registered voters in the state receive a mail-in ballot. The big picture: Many states have placed an increased emphasis on access to as part of efforts to combat the...

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Trump's physician explains hydroxychloroquine decision

Trump's physician explains hydroxychloroquine decision

President Trump during a roundtable at the White House on Monday. Photo: Doug Mills - Pool/Getty Images)President Trump's physician said in a statement Monday it was decided hydroxychloroquine could be beneficial to him after a White House staffer tested positive for the coronavirus.Why it matters: Trump said earlier Monday that he's been taking the antimalarial drug and a zinc supplement for "about a week and a half" as a preventative measure against the virus. The last month that the drug should only be taken in hospitals because of the risk of heart complications. Its effectiveness...

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Documents may help Michael Flynn raise questions about FBI as he seeks to withdraw plea

Documents may help Michael Flynn raise questions about FBI as he seeks to withdraw plea

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn leaves the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in December 2018. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty ImagesFBI for former national security adviser Michael Flynn and released by a federal judge Wednesday evening show bureau officials asked whether their "goal" was "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired."Why it matters: Flynn was the first Trump associate to be convicted or plead guilty in the Mueller investigation, but he's his guilty plea related to allegedly lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to...

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Obama lauds state on coronavirus, but says we're still waiting "for a coherent national plan"

Obama lauds state on coronavirus, but says we're still waiting "for a coherent national plan"

Former President Obama at an Obama Foundation event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in December. Photo: Zahim Mohd/NurPhoto via Getty Images)Former Wednesday the U.S. is still waiting for a "coherent national plan" to manage the novel coronavirus, as he praised Massachusetts for its response to the pandemic.Why it matters: Obama rarely comments on Trump administration policies, though he did last month to stay home and maintain social distancing protocols. He also urged mayors at this month to "speak the truth" about the outbreak. The big picture: Obama's comments come as President Trump and...

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Autopsy results show first U.S. coronavirus death earlier than thought

Autopsy results show first U.S. coronavirus death earlier than thought

Photo: John Moore/Getty ImagesSanta Clara County Public Health in California that autopsy results found a patient who died on Feb. 6 had the novel coronavirus.Why it matters: The from COVID-19 in the U.S. was declared on Feb. 29 to be a patient in Washington state. A second person who died in Santa Clara on Feb. 17 was also found to have the virus.What they're saying: Santa Clara County Public Health's statement said the medical examiner-coroner "received confirmation from the CDC that tissue samples from both [February] cases are positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19),"...

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Macron says Trump, U.K. and China leaders back UN truce call, and he's hopeful Putin will too

Macron says Trump, U.K. and China leaders back UN truce call, and he's hopeful Putin will too

French President Emmanuel Macron at a field hospital in eastern France. Photo: Mathieu Cugnot/Pool/AFP via Getty ImagesFrench President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday he's gotten the agreement of President Trump and the leaders of two other United Nations’ Security Council permanent members to back a UN call for a global ceasefire so the world can overcome the coronavirus.Why it matters: It would be a rare sign of global unity in the current climate, after Trump announced he's to UN subsidiary the World Health Organization for 60 to 90 days over its "very China-centric" handing of the...

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Joe Biden wins Alaska Democratic primary

Joe Biden wins Alaska Democratic primary

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at a March campaign event at in Tougaloo, Mississippi. Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty ImagesFormer Vice President Joe Biden won the Alaska Democratic presidential primary on Saturday night, which switched to because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.Why it matters: Sen. Bernie Sanders last Wednesday, but he asked for his name to remain on the ballot in the rest of this year's primaries in an attempt to assemble more delegates and influence the platform at the upcoming Democratic National Convention, . Sanders c former Secretary of State...

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"Expect action:" DOJ issues warning on religious service crackdowns amid coronavirus outbreak

"Expect action:" DOJ issues warning on religious service crackdowns amid coronavirus outbreak

Attorney General Bill Barr in the press briefing room of the White House. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesDepartment of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec Saturday upcoming DOJ action against local authorities that have cracked down on religious services as part of restrictions introduced in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Why it matters: While many religious leaders have moved to online services, some churches and conservatives are pushing back ahead of Easter Sunday against local government orders preventing them from holding in-person gatherings during the...

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New Zealand sets sights on coronavirus elimination after 2 weeks of lockdown

New Zealand sets sights on coronavirus elimination after 2 weeks of lockdown

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives a coronavirus media update at the New Zealand Parliament. Photo: Mark Mitchell - Pool/Getty ImagesNew Zealand has flattened the curve of novel coronavirus cases after two weeks of lockdown and the next phase is to "squash it," professor Shaun Hendy, who heads a scientific body advising the government on COVID-19, told Axios. Why it matters: , the Center of Research Excellence hosted by the University of Auckland of which Hendy is director, Thursday showing there could've been hundreds more Covid-19 cases were it not for the lockdown — and there's a good...

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Coronavirus: Columbia University the latest to cancel in-person classes

Coronavirus: Columbia University the latest to cancel in-person classes

Columbia University's Low Memorial Library in New York City. Photo: James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images Sunday night it canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday and plans to hold remote lessons for the rest of the week after a member of its community was quarantined following exposure to the .Why it matters: The Ivy League school is the latest educational institution to suspend in-person classes and move studying online in response to the outbreak as the virus continues to spread across the U.S., which now has more than 500 cases, per data from and state health departments.What they're...

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NASA images show China pollution clears as coronavirus shuts factories - Axios

NASA images show China pollution clears as coronavirus shuts factories - Axios

Satellite images showing the mean tropospheric nitrogen dioxide density changes over China. Photo: NASAPollution levels have plummeted over China and it's "partly related to the economic slowdown following the outbreak of coronavirus," accompanying the release of satellite images demonstrating the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) changes.Driving the news: The outbreak caused China's factory activity to fall to a record low of 35.7 in February from 50.0 in January, officials said Saturday, per . NO2, a key contributor to smog and a major health hazard, is the gas that's emitted by motor vehicles,...

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Sanders reveals free child care plan for preschoolers - Axios

Sanders reveals free child care plan for preschoolers - Axios

Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty ImagesDemocratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age 4.Details: In the , Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal child care with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said."I get a little bit tired of hearing my opponents saying — 'Gee, how you going to pay for a program that impacts and helps children or working-class...

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