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Trump discharged from Walter Reed, returns to White House

President Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to the White House on Monday evening to continue his fight against the novel coronavirus, after his medical team warned that he “may not entirely be out of the woods yet.”

More detail: Trump Says He’ll Be Leaving Walter Reed Hospital on Monday Evening

Joe Biden: We Were Able To Stay Home During COVID Because of Some Black Woman Stocking Grocery Shelves

It’s impossible to know if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is actually suffering from a cognitive decline, or if he’s just really bad at speaking. In any event, Biden always seems to get himself into trouble when he veers away from prepared remarks. It’s probably at least partially why his campaign avoids letting him speak…

Graham Officially Schedules Judge Amy Coney Barrett Hearings Starting Oct. 12

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has officially scheduled the hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, to begin on Oct. 12. According to Graham’s order, the hearings on Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 12, and will continue through to Oct. 15. This has not departed from the timeline he announced in late September.

The committee hearings will conclude with a vote to recommend Barrett’s confirmation to the full Senate where Republicans hold a 53-47 majority. Graham previously expressed confidence that Republicans would confirm the president’s next Supreme Court nominee.

Graham announced on Twitter on Monday that Trump is “very excited” about Barrett being confirmed to the Supreme Court. Barrett, who has tested negative for COVID-19, is expected to testify in person, reported The Hill. The official scheduling of the hearings come as two Republican senators of the Senate Judiciary Committee tested positive

Washington Post Columnist Jennifer Rubin Suggests Congress Should ‘Defund Walter Reed’

Jennifer Rubin went on a social media tear about Trump and COVID-19

Hollywood Celebs Erupt with Rage over Trump Leaving Walter Reed: ‘Faking Recovery!’ Doctors ‘Lying for a Mass Murderer’

Hollywood elites experienced an epic meltdown after President Donald Trump tweeted that he would be leaving Walter Reed Military Hospital on Monday evening.  At the center of Hollywood’s temper tantrum was the president’s advice: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘I’ll Go in a Moon Suit’ to Confirm Barrett

Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) said he would vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court in a moon suit if necessary, testifying to the resolve of Senate Republicans to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.

Johnson is one of three Republican senators who have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days.

Headlines of US news

Cuomo used 14-year-old photo to show mass Orthodox gatherings during pandemic

What a shanda. Gov. Andrew Cuomo put New York’s Jewish Orthodox community on blast Monday for hosting mass gatherings amid the pandemic — but used a nearly two-decade old photo to illustrate his point. “We know there have been mass gatherings going on in concert with religious institutions in these communities for weeks,” Cuomo said…

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo: ‘I’m Going To Close’ Religious Institutions if They Don’t Obey

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened Monday to close down religious institutions — specifically Jewish synagogues — if they do not follow his coronavirus restrictions. “We know religious institutions have been a problem,” Cuomo said at a Monday news conference. “We know mass gatherings are the super spreader events. We know there have been…

WATCH: LeBron James Upset, Walks Off Court Early During Finals Loss

Judging by the ratings, no one is really watching the NBA Finals anyway. However, those few who are got to watch “King James” get dethroned for a night, as well as a chance to see his highness leave the court early in frustration.

North Carolina elementary school teacher dies days after testing positive for Covid-19

A third-grade teacher died in North Carolina days after testing positive for Covid-19 and while her students were quarantined as a result of the exposure.

CDC says coronavirus can spread indoors in updated guidance

The top U.S. public health agency said Monday that the coronavirus can spread more than 6 feet through the air, especially in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces. But agency officials maintained that such spread is uncommon and current social distancing guidelines still make sense.

However, several experts faulted the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. They said the virus can spread more easily than the CDC seems to be indicating, and suggested that the public should wear masks even in prolonged outdoor gatherings when they are more than 6 feet apart.

The virus “is traveling through the air and there is no bright line. You’re not safe beyond 6 feet. You can’t take your mask off at 6 feet,” said Dr. Donald Milton of the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

For months, the CDC has said that the virus spreads mainly through small airborne droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Most CDC guidance about social distancing is built around that idea, saying that 6 feet is a safe buffer between people who are not wearing masks.

Black Leaders Seek Pro-Life Ruling in Alabama on Equal Protection Grounds

African American leaders are asking the Alabama Supreme Court to ensure equal protection under the law for black women and unborn black babies in the state targeted by the abortion industry. 

In November 2018, Alabama voters backed a state constitutional amendment, called Amendment 930, that explicitly recognizes and protects the rights of unborn children in the state, granting them equal protection under the law.

The group of black leaders submitted the Equality Petition to the Alabama Supreme Court on Sept. 22, the 158th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in Confederate states. 

Michigan AG Will No Longer Enforce Governor’s Coronavirus Restrictions

Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel (D.) will stop enforcing Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (D.) coronavirus regulations, according to a statement released Sunday.

Nessel tweeted the announcement just days after the state Supreme Court ruled that Whitmer’s repeated extension of emergency authority was unconstitutional. While the attorney general will no longer prosecute those who violate Whitmer’s orders, Nessel praised the governor for implementing the regulations and encouraged Michiganders to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“It’s [the attorney general’s] hope that people continue to abide by the measures that Governor Whitmer put in place,” Nessel press secretary Ryan Jarvi said in the statement. “If it weren’t for the governor’s actions, countless more of our friends, family, and neighbors would have been lost to COVID-19.”

Headlines of world news

Qatar Airways is giving away 21,000 free round-trip tickets to teachers

The promotion was launched on World Teachers’ Day and lucky ones get to visit any of the airline’s 90 destinations. They deserve it.

Headlines of China news

Chinese Communist Party Is Responsible for Trump’s Infection: Gordon Chang

Author and China expert Gordon Chang said that the Chinese communist regime, which had not been truthful about the CCP virus during the early outbreaks, should be held accountable for its global spread and the positive diagnosis of President Donald Trump.

During a Monday interview with The Epoch Times, the long-time China watcher said he believes that Beijing had intentionally allowed the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus to spread beyond China’s border in order to damage other economies. “I believe that Xi Jinping took steps to deliberately spread the coronavirus once he realized that it crippled his own country,” Chang told The Epoch Times’ Jan Jekielek. “I don’t know whether it was cooked in the lab or whether it was naturally occurring. Although I suspect it came from a lab.”

China Arrests Mother of Chinese Dissident Virologist Who Blamed Beijing for Virus Coverup

Chinese authorities recently arrested the mother of a Chinese virologist who spoke out about Beijing’s coverup of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yan Limeng fled Hong Kong and sought asylum in the United States in April. She recently released a paper that she co-authored, claiming that the “biological characteristics” of the virus suggest it did not originate from nature. The study has not been peer-reviewed.

Yan confirmed her mother’s arrest with The Epoch Times on Oct. 5 but declined to provide further details. Yan was born in the city of Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong Province. A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hong Kong before coming to the United States, Yan had worked at the university’s public health laboratory, which provides coronavirus research for the World Health Organization.

On Dec. 31 last year, after Chinese authorities acknowledged dozens of infection cases in Wuhan, her supervisor asked her to conduct a “secret …

Victorian Premier Pitched for Beijing-Backed Tech Precinct Under Belt and Road

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews appealed to Beijing to establish a technology research and development centre in Melbourne under the auspices of the controversial Belt and Road Initiative. The revelations come as concerns linger over Chinese-connected intellectual property theft.

Recently released Freedom of Information documents obtained by The Age reveal Andrews wrote a letter to the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang asking for a chance to meet during his “sixth official visit to China” in Oct. 2019.

“I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss potential innovation opportunities under the BRI MoU (Belt and Road Initiative, Memorandum of Understanding), including the possible establishment of a Torch Centre in Victoria,” he wrote. “Victoria is proud to have signed the Belt and Road agreement with China. Victoria is ready to make tangible progress under the MoU, and we would like to take the opportunity to explore practical …

Chinese buy US$15 million worth of Malaysian Musang King durian in one-hour online sale

A record total of 300,000 Musang King durians were snapped up in less than one hour in an online flash sale in China.The sale yesterday was part of the 2020 China-Malaysia (Guangxi) online durian festival in the Chinese city of Qinzhou.Weighing about 60 tonnes in total, the durians sold out in exactly 50 minutes and 48 seconds with sales recorded worth about 61.2 million Malaysian ringgit (US$14.7 million).

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