8.1 — 5 Things from the News

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CNN - Trump's national security adviser tests positive for Covid-19

"President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, has tested positive for Covid-19, according to an official familiar with what happened.

O'Brien's diagnosis marks the highest-ranking Trump administration official known to have tested positive. It's unclear when O'Brien last met with Trump. Their last public appearance together was over two weeks ago during a visit to US Southern Command in Miami on July 10.

O'Brien is experiencing "mild symptoms" and is "self-isolating and working from a secure location off site," according to an unnamed statement to the press from the White House. That statement confirmed O'Brien's test results to reporters before his staff was formally informed. Several National Security Council staffers told CNN that they weren't informed that O'Brien tested positive and learned of the news from media reports."

Washington Post - Trump’s vow to ban TikTok reflects GOP’s anti-China posture ahead of elections

President Trump’s promise this week to bar the popular, Chinese-owned TikTok from operating in the United States is the latest move in his increasingly hostile posture toward Beijing that echoes a broader, anti-China stance within the Republican Party ahead of the November elections.

In essentially every reference to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, covid-19, Trump has derided it as the “China virus,” faulting the country for being unable to contain it as it spread beyond its borders and led to more than 17.6 million cases worldwide. When he floated a potential TikTok ban in a television interview last month, Trump indicated it was in retaliation for China’s role in the pandemic.


New York Times - Supreme Court Lets Trump Keep Building His Border Wall

he court refused to lift a year-old stay notwithstanding an appeals court ruling that the construction was unlawful. 

The Supreme Court on Friday denied a request from environmentalists to stop the Trump administration from building a section of President Donald Trump's long-promised southern border wall using $2.5 billion in military funds.

Friday night's 5-4 decision allows construction to continue during the ongoing legal battle. The ruling came along party lines, with the court's four liberal justices offering their dissent.


CNBC - World Health Organization reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases across globe

"Almost 300,000 new coronavirus cases were reported to the World Health Organization over the last 24 hours, the largest single-day increase ever, the agency said Friday.

The Americas reported the highest number of cases, with 171,946; Southeast Asia reported the second-highest, with 60,113, followed by Europe, with 25,241, the WHO said.

Globally, the virus has infected more than 17 million people and killed at least 668,910 since it emerged almost seven months ago, according to the WHO data."


NBC - Portland protests peaceful after federal officers scale back presence

"We came with one objective: to lift up the problems we've been going through and come with a solution," one protester said.

Thousands of peaceful protesters marched in the streets of downtown Portland this week, much as they have for the last 60 days, marching, chanting familiar slogans like "Black lives matter" and "defend Black lives."

Conspicuously missing from the demonstrations were dozens of federal officers who used tear gas and non-lethal munitions against protesters gathered outside the U.S. courthouse since early July.

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