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Actor John Leguizamo compares Latino support for Trump to ‘roaches for Raid’

Actor John Leguizamo compares Latino support for Trump to ‘roaches for Raid’

Actor John Leguizamo ripped Latinos who support President Trump on Friday, saying that “Latin people for Republicans are like roaches for Raid.” “I just feel like there’s a level of self-hate, or just lack of care for the rest of your Latin brothers and sisters who are in cages, who are being demonized by this president,” Leguizamo, 56, said in an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Advertisement Maher had asked the Colombia-born, New York-raised entertainer about news reporting that Trump has made some inroads with young Latino men. Leguizamo, who showed up on the show via video...

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Oct 17
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Dozens of Notre Dame faculty members sign letter urging Amy Coney Barrett to pause confirmation process

Dozens of Notre Dame faculty members sign letter urging Amy Coney Barrett to pause confirmation process

Dozens of faculty members at the University of Notre Dame inked their names to an open letter urging Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a former law professor at the school, to halt her Supreme Court confirmation process until after Election Day. The letter carried 88 signatories from a range of disciplines at both the undergrad and graduate level, but no faculty members at Notre Dame Law School signed on. Advertisement “The rushed nature of your nomination process, which you certainly recognize as an exercise in raw power politics, may effectively deprive the American people of a voice in selecting...

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Oct 14
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Twitter warns removal of tweets rooting for President Trump to die

Twitter warns removal of tweets rooting for President Trump to die

Twitter said Friday that posts rooting for the death of the coronavirus-stricken President Trump run afoul of the platform’s policies and face removal. Vice News also that Twitter warned it will suspend the accounts of people publicly wishing death upon the ill commander-in-chief. Advertisement But in a post responding to the Vice story, Twitter said the chirps wouldn’t necessarily prompt suspensions. Twitter said that “tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed. this does not automatically mean...

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U.S executes man convicted of killings committed at age 19

U.S executes man convicted of killings committed at age 19

A man convicted of murdering two youth ministers when he was 19 was executed in Terre Haute, Ind., on Thursday evening, becoming the first Black inmate executed since the federal government resumed capital punishment earlier this year. Christopher Vialva, 40, was found guilty two decades ago in the 1999 deaths of Todd and Stacie Bagley. He was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m. on Thursday, to the Justice Department. Advertisement Prior to this summer, a federal execution hadn’t been conducted in 17 years. And to the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit, the U.S. government hadn’t...

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Sep 25
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CDC director Robert Redfield warns of worst fall ‘we’ve ever had’

CDC director Robert Redfield warns of worst fall ‘we’ve ever had’

One of the country’s top medial experts urged Americans to strap on masks and physically distance, warning in an interview published this week that failure to take precautions could create a devastating autumn for an already battered nation. “This could be the worst fall from a public health perspective we’ve ever had,” Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WebMD in an interview published Wednesday. Advertisement The 69-year-old virologist said the confluence of coronavirus and the flu will create treacherous times when the leaves change. The...

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Aug 13
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Second coronavirus wave could push world GDP down more than 7% for year

Second coronavirus wave could push world GDP down more than 7% for year

A second lockdown-triggering coronavirus outbreak could batter the sputtering world economy, sending global GDP down 7.6% for the year, according to projections released Wednesday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In a gloomy economic report, the agency said that even if a second COVID-19 spike is avoided, economic activity around the world still projects to drop some 6%. Advertisement The more dire scenario — a second wave with new lockdowns — could cause U.S. GDP output to slump 8.5%, according to the Paris-based organization. “Uncertainty is clearly extreme in...

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Jun 11
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U.S. approval of police officers plunges by 10% in single week: poll

U.S. approval of police officers plunges by 10% in single week: poll

The share of Americans who said they view cops favorably plunged by 10% in a single week amid nationwide protests and a wave of images of heavy-handed conduct by the police, according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by the pollster Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape, found the overall favorability figures for police officers sank from 66% to 56% as May turned to June. Advertisement Robert Griffin, research director for the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, said the nosedive suggests a major change could be occurring in how Americans think about law enforcement. “This is a unique moment...

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Judge blocks North Carolina rule against indoor church services

Judge blocks North Carolina rule against indoor church services

A federal judge in North Carolina on Saturday blocked a coronavirus rule issued by Gov. Roy Cooper meant to halt indoor church services of more than 10 people. Judge James Denver of the Federal District Court in Raleigh, N.C., issued a temporary restraining order and said that the governor’s executive decree was unlikely to hold up in court against a challenge on First Amendment grounds. Advertisement “There is no pandemic exception to the Constitution of the United States or the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” the 57-year-old judge wrote in court papers. Return America, a...

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May 17
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