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During a speech in Pittsburgh, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says President Trump "fans the flames" in the US when it comes to racial tensions and coronavirus.

Posted: Sep 1, 2020 12:31 PM
Updated: Sep 1, 2020 12:31 PM

President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday to meet with law enforcement and survey damage from recent protests as the city grapples with racial unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

No plans to meet Blake's family. Asked by CNN's Kaitlan Collins whether the President plans to meet with Blake's family while in Wisconsin, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, "Not currently."

An unwelcome presence. Wisconsin officials have pleaded with the President in recent days to reconsider his trip. Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wrote a forceful letter to Trump on Sunday evening explaining that the President's visit "will only hinder our healing."

"I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together," Evers wrote to Trump.

"It is our job as elected officials to lead by example and to be a calming presence for the people we know are hurting, mourning, and trying to cope with trauma. Now is not the time for divisiveness."

His message to the President builds on comments from Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who said that Trump's presence would not be helpful in Kenosha.

"You look at the incendiary remarks that the President has made; they centered an entire convention around creating more animosity and creating more division around what is going on in Kenosha," Barnes told CNN's John King on "Inside Politics."

Biden launches fresh attack. Ahead of Trump's trip, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden charged that the President wants to foment additional violence.

"Do you really feel safer under Donald Trump?" Biden asked repeatedly throughout a speech in Pennsylvania on Monday.

Trump is "supposed to be protecting this country. But instead he's rooting for chaos and violence" and is "trying to scare America," Biden said. More here.

The courts strike back at DOJ

Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Department of Justice lost a round in their fight with the federal judiciary on Monday, when a federal appeals court denied their request to quickly shut down Flynn's criminal case.

As CNN's Katelyn Polantz reports: The 8-2 decision restores power to a judge to question the Justice Department's moves, after Attorney General William Barr moved to drop charges against Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying under oath to the FBI.

Read the full appeals court ruling here.

US surpasses 6 million coronavirus cases

The US topped 6 million coronavirus cases, yet another harrowing milestone with no national plan in sight.

To put the country's botched pandemic response into context: Only two other countries in the world have more than 1 million reported Covid-19 cases -- Brazil, with roughly 3,862,000 cases, and India, with 3,621,000 cases.

Johns Hopkins University recorded the first cases of coronavirus in the US on January 21. Here's how we got to more than 6 million:

  • It took the country 99 days to reach 1 million cases on April 28.
  • It then took 43 more days to reach 2 million cases on June 10.
  • It took another 28 days to surpass 3 million cases on July 8.
  • It took the US only 15 additional days to surpass 4 million cases on July 23.
  • It took the US 17 days to go over 5 million cases.
  • It has taken the nation 22 days since then to reach 6 million cases.

But there is a bit of good news. "As a nation, we are clearly doing better now on the last day of August than we were on the first day of August," said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.

"(Daily) cases have come down. Deaths are starting to decline. Hospitalizations are down. This is good news, and it's largely because of smart policies in Texas and Arizona and Florida around masking and closing bars," Jha said.

The US controls its own fate. "That is the time to make sure you're protecting others in your household and around you by wearing a mask when you're around them, even if they're family," said White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx.

She urged Americans to take personal responsibility, especially if they want to help keep economies open.

"Right now, we gain freedom through wearing our masks and socially distancing," she said.

'Manipulated content'

That's how Twitter labeled a video promoted by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise before he deleted it Sunday evening.

The video splices together footage from an interview between Ady Barkan, who has ALS and speaks using a computerized artificial voice, and Joe Biden.

In the original video, Barkan asks Biden if he can agree that "we can redirect some of the funding" for police departments toward mental health services, to which Biden replies, "Yes."

The manipulated clip, however, splices in the words "for police" from one of Barkan's other questions to make it sound as if Barkan is asking Biden if he agrees they can "redirect some of the funding for police."

A Twitter spokesperson said the tweet was labeled based on its "synthetic and Manipulated Media policy." The issue with the video was the audio manipulation of Barkan, originally adding words to the audio that Barkan didn't say in that context.

Before it was removed, Biden had tweeted Sunday demanding that the video be taken down.

"This video is doctored -- and a flagrant attempt to spread misinformation at the expense of a man who uses assistive technology," he said. "It should be removed. Now."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 503322

Reported Deaths: 10057
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34400541
DeSoto32318411
Hinds32074631
Jackson24551386
Rankin22103391
Lee15657235
Madison14662281
Jones13894243
Forrest13506253
Lauderdale12037318
Lowndes11091192
Lamar10531138
Pearl River9557238
Lafayette8581140
Hancock7751130
Washington7458161
Oktibbeha7152133
Monroe6796178
Warren6752176
Pontotoc6736104
Neshoba6656206
Panola6572131
Marshall6494135
Bolivar6331150
Union607794
Pike5849154
Alcorn5691102
Lincoln5468135
George502979
Scott474198
Tippah472481
Prentiss471582
Leflore4676144
Itawamba4651105
Tate4632111
Adams4617120
Copiah450092
Simpson4458116
Yazoo445388
Wayne440772
Covington429894
Sunflower4246105
Marion4236108
Coahoma4178108
Leake409888
Newton383179
Grenada3731108
Tishomingo361592
Stone360664
Jasper336565
Attala335290
Winston315391
Clay309077
Chickasaw302367
Clarke295894
Calhoun279947
Holmes268788
Smith266550
Yalobusha237247
Tallahatchie228752
Greene220649
Walthall219364
Lawrence213640
Perry206456
Amite206056
Webster203446
Noxubee186940
Montgomery179757
Jefferson Davis172243
Carroll169639
Tunica160139
Benton149439
Kemper142141
Choctaw134627
Claiborne132838
Humphreys129738
Franklin120728
Quitman106828
Wilkinson105139
Jefferson95934
Sharkey64220
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 821255

Reported Deaths: 15424
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1149051930
Mobile726651340
Madison52400699
Shelby37685350
Baldwin37285552
Tuscaloosa35147613
Montgomery34130740
Lee23556246
Calhoun22255490
Morgan21037378
Etowah19844500
Marshall18390304
Houston17406412
St. Clair16091339
Cullman15493293
Limestone15402199
Elmore15292286
Lauderdale14366295
Talladega13870283
DeKalb12670261
Walker11255370
Blount10227176
Autauga10061148
Jackson9909185
Coffee9215191
Dale8912186
Colbert8907201
Tallapoosa7103198
Escambia6782134
Covington6724183
Chilton6658162
Russell637659
Franklin5992105
Chambers5615142
Marion5016127
Dallas5013202
Pike4799106
Clarke477284
Geneva4577127
Winston4538103
Lawrence4352117
Bibb425686
Barbour358376
Marengo338390
Monroe332064
Randolph330264
Butler328596
Pickens317384
Henry313166
Hale311988
Cherokee303260
Fayette294580
Washington251651
Cleburne247960
Clay245568
Crenshaw245475
Macon235563
Lamar225747
Conecuh186654
Coosa180940
Lowndes175764
Wilcox169139
Bullock151844
Perry139240
Sumter133338
Greene126744
Choctaw88527
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