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- Geoffrey Berman, who was recently fired from his position as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, is set to testify next week before the House Judiciary Committee. Democrats see an opportunity, no doubt, to press their assault on Attorney General William Barr. Berman’s will be a closed-door hearing, since making it a public spectacle would reveal the sheer pointlessness of it, beyond being a continuation of the Democrats’ political vendetta against President Trump.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not press for the removal of Capitol statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. An effort is already underway to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol, but that move is likely going nowhere in the Republican-led Senate. “It’s not about Washington and Jefferson,” Pelosi said on July 2.
- Speaking of the speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on July 2, claimed on MSNBC that President Trump is a hoax. Discussing the recent uncorroborated claim that the Russians had been paying bounties to the Taliban for killing Americans soldiers, Pelosi told Stephanie Ruhle: “[Trump will] say this is a hoax, and it’s a hoax that [Russia is] 24/7 trying to disrupt our elections like they did in 2016. He says that Coronavirus is a hoax. The fact is, the president himself is a hoax.”
The latest polls and trends impacting the United States.
- A growing number of Americans believe the threat of COVID-19 has been exaggerated. In late April, 29% said the outbreak “has been made a bigger deal than it really is.” By early June, that figure had risen to 38%. The increase spans the political divide, though far fewer Democrats than Republicans think the virus has been over-hyped.
- Stress appears to have spread faster and wider than Coronavirus. In a recent survey, 55% of Americans said they feel more stressed now than they were in January. That’s an epidemic far worse than COVID-19.
- When thinking about “the state of the country these days,” 71% of Americans say they feel anger, and 66% say they are fearful. 46% feel hopeful for the country, but 53% say they are not hopeful.
Something political to ponder as you enjoy your morning coffee.
As the number of known COVID-19 cases in the U.S. soars, media outlets are anxious to assure the public that the demonstrations and civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd have had no impact whatsoever on the spread of the virus. NPR claims that: Parties — Not Protests — Are Causing Spikes In Coronavirus. Forbes even cites a new study that allegedly proves small family gatherings are responsible for spreading Coronavirus, while hundreds of demonstrators packing the streets present no threat at all. The authors of the study suggest that the protesters did not spread the virus because the majority of them wear masks and because they are outside. Within the past few months, though, Americans have been arrested for paddle-boarding alone in the ocean, sitting on the beach, or playing with their kids in the park. Those who took to the streets to protest the shutdowns were endangering public health, we were told. It is becoming almost painfully obvious that those who are pushing the Coronavirus restrictions are literally making up this nonsense as they go along.
A thought for the day from history’s most interesting thinkers.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
– Albert Camus
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