'Safety' is the word as Kenosha simmers

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: 307332

Reported Deaths: 7095
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto20757248
Hinds19869408
Harrison17475302
Rankin13307275
Jackson13095243
Madison9886210
Lee9854169
Jones8289160
Forrest7522146
Lauderdale7185237
Lowndes6261144
Lamar610284
Lafayette6026117
Washington5279132
Bolivar4769129
Oktibbeha455297
Panola4440103
Pearl River4418139
Warren4277118
Marshall4267100
Pontotoc416472
Monroe4056132
Union403575
Neshoba3984176
Lincoln3869107
Hancock371985
Leflore3468124
Sunflower329389
Tate322681
Pike3177104
Scott310472
Yazoo304268
Alcorn297664
Itawamba296776
Copiah292965
Coahoma289677
Simpson287484
Tippah284668
Prentiss275659
Marion265679
Wayne261341
Leake260973
Grenada254882
Covington254380
Adams245882
Newton244859
George237647
Winston225981
Tishomingo222067
Jasper219748
Attala213273
Chickasaw204857
Holmes186471
Clay182354
Stone179131
Clarke176676
Tallahatchie175240
Calhoun163130
Yalobusha158636
Smith158534
Walthall130543
Greene129433
Lawrence126223
Noxubee125833
Montgomery125542
Perry125138
Carroll120826
Amite119941
Webster113432
Jefferson Davis105332
Tunica102525
Claiborne101330
Benton97225
Kemper95126
Humphreys94332
Franklin81723
Quitman78916
Choctaw72817
Jefferson64828
Wilkinson64727
Sharkey49617
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 518588

Reported Deaths: 10712
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson753351487
Mobile37698798
Madison33829494
Tuscaloosa25245443
Montgomery23942565
Shelby23094238
Baldwin20617300
Lee15510165
Calhoun14277311
Morgan14137268
Etowah13660345
Marshall11952219
Houston10379278
Elmore9988200
Limestone9806147
Cullman9467188
St. Clair9422234
Lauderdale9208227
DeKalb8745181
Talladega8042171
Walker7087275
Jackson6753110
Autauga6715103
Blount6480135
Colbert6200130
Coffee5397112
Dale4766110
Russell428238
Franklin419882
Chilton4080109
Covington4053114
Tallapoosa3892146
Escambia387574
Dallas3526149
Chambers3499122
Clarke346360
Marion3065100
Pike305475
Lawrence295295
Winston272272
Bibb256258
Marengo248561
Geneva245875
Pickens232959
Barbour224755
Hale218675
Butler212266
Fayette208960
Henry187844
Cherokee182044
Randolph176741
Monroe171240
Washington163838
Macon154348
Clay149354
Crenshaw149257
Cleburne146041
Lamar139234
Lowndes136453
Wilcox124327
Bullock121340
Conecuh109028
Perry107926
Sumter102932
Coosa99228
Greene90734
Choctaw58624
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