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USA Today RIPPED for claiming Trump T-shirt features Nazi symbol, clarifies eagle is 'longtime US symbol too'

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Donald Trump campaign 'America First' t-shirt.
USA Today had egg on its face after running a "fact check" story verifying the theory that a Trump campaign T-shirt depicts a Nazi symbol. After causing outrage, it clarified that the bald eagle is a "longtime US symbol too."

"The claim: Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol," USA Today tweeted on Saturday. "Our ruling: true."

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China expected to report return to positive GDP growth following sharp contraction

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A night view of the CBD area in downtown Beijing on May 11, 2017.
China may report positive economic growth in the second quarter after a sharp contraction in the first quarter, the China Daily reported, citing Chinese economists.

China's policies will remain supportive for the rest of the year to help the economy advance steadily out of the Covid-19 pandemic. China is scheduled to release a set of key economic data this week on second-quarter GDP, trade, investment, industrial production and retail sales.

While the government has abandoned setting a specific growth target for this year, much attention remains focused on the second-quarter GDP growth rate as it will shed light on the outlook for the world's second-largest economy and Beijing's future policy direction.

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Ghislaine Maxwell reportedly moved from 'cell to cell' to avoid assassins

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Ghislaine Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell is being moved from "cell to cell" in her Brooklyn lockup — over fears someone will try to kill the accused Jeffrey Epstein madam before she stands trial, according to a report.

The Post already revealed how the 58-year-old British socialite was forced to wear paper clothes and sleep on a bare mattress so she couldn't hang herself with clothes or bed sheets like Epstein.

Comment: Right... just like Epstein.

Now insiders have told the Mail on Sunday that prison officials are so "terrified someone will try to kill her" that they are constantly moving her around inside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

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Pro-cop demonstrators clash with Black Lives Matter protesters in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

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Black Lives Matter protesters clash with police in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Pro-cop demonstrators faced off against Black Lives Matter protesters in southern Brooklyn for the second day in a row Sunday evening in a tense clash where protesters torched an American flag and tossed eggs at each other.

Scuffles between the two groups broke out in Bay Ridge as NYPD officers were forced to step in and separate about 100 Black Lives Matter protesters and several dozen cop supporters, video posted on social media showed.

The pro-NYPD rally launched from Bay Ridge and Fourth Avenues at about 5:30 p.m., with the counter-protest kicking off at around the same time about a mile away on 86th Street and Fourth Avenue.

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Video shows two men stabbed in bizarre NYC subway attack

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Wild video has emerged of a bizarre stabbing on a Queens subway in which two men were attacked by a knife-wielding stranger, police said.

The partially caught on video brawl began on the 7 train when the suspect, Patrick Chambers, 46, shouted at two elderly men sitting across from him, "Why aren't you home with your kids?" police said.

Chambers then pulled a blade, allegedly slashing and stabbing the men, who are both in their 70s. The mayhem erupted about 7:25 a.m. on July 5 as the train rolled through Sunnyside.

Comment: See also: Georgia declares state of emergency, calls up National Guard following months of rioting and crimewave


Terrified academics withdraw study showing white cops aren't killing more blacks

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The authors of a 2019 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that examined "917 fatal police shootings of civilians from 2015 to test whether the race of the officer or the civilian predicted fatal police shootings" was withdrawn by the authors after being cited by noted conservative author and essayist Heather MacDonald.

Psychologists Joseph Cesario of Michigan State and David Johnson of the University of Maryland say they stand behind their work, which concludes there was "no significant evidence of anti-black disparity in the likelihood of being fatally shot by the police." But they objected to its "misuse." MacDonald cited the study in congressoinal testimony last September and again in an article for City Journal. But it wasn't until her June 3 op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that cited the study when there were "complications" on campus and outraged wokesters demanded that the profs be flogged — or something.

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The progressive left is becoming blatantly racist

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By and large, conservatives have taken a nuanced approach to the progressive attempt to redefine racism. This new definition crafted over the past few decades, mainly in the academy, states that racism is not a question of animosity or feelings of superiority towards a racial group but rather a matter of privilege and systems. Under this rubric racism is not about individual actions, but rather support for "systems of oppression."

But there is a key difference in the way that the left and the right have engaged in this dialogue. Progressives have no trouble at all saying that people who reject their newspeak version of racism are in fact racist. Up until now conservatives have largely resisted reaching the logical conclusion of their definition of racism, which is essentially discrimination based on skin color. That has to change now. The blatant racial bigotry of the left must be called out. It is no longer an esoteric academic debate; it is a crisis that threatens to tear the country apart.

Take this tweet from Farnaz Fassihi, a journalist at the New York Times, in reaction to a letter calling for an end to cancel culture.

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21 injured as massive blaze & explosion cripple US military ship in San Diego

USS Bonhomme Richard fire at a naval base in San Diego
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The USS Bonhomme Richard has caught fire at a naval base in San Diego. Footage from the scene shows a large plume of smoke emitting from under the ship's deck; one explosion and injuries among the crew have been confirmed.

The fire triggered a massive response, with multiple fire engines and ambulances seen at the pier.

"Seventeen Sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital," US Naval Surface Forces wrote on Twitter a while later.

Officials also announced that all the crewmembers had been evacuated from the ship and accounted for.

So far, it remains unclear what triggered the blaze. Local fire department said that at least one explosion occurred aboard the ship during the blaze.


'Tsunami' of evictions could make 28 million Americans homeless this summer alone

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With the pandemic continuing to sink its claws into the United States, economic conditions have also failed to improve for millions of people. As a result, nearly one-third U.S. households - representing 32 percent - have still not made their full housing payments for the month of July, according to a survey from online rental platform Apartment List.

And with public health experts warning people to continue to "Stay at Home," the slogan is taking on a perverse new meaning as humanitarian disaster looms for some 28 million people in the U.S. who are facing eviction and homelessness in the immediate future.

About 19 percent of those surveyed were unable to make any housing payment in the first week of the month, while 13 percent paid a portion of their rent or mortgage.

The numbers represent the grim fact that for four months now, a "historically high" amount of U.S. households have been unable to pay their housing bill, either on time or in full. It also represents an increase from 30 percent in June and 31 percent in June.

Comment: See also: UK's lockdown debt crisis expected to triple homelessness

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The delusion of a seamless reopening is about to be obliterated

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During the first wave of pandemic lockdowns, America became a rather surreal place. The initial shock that I witnessed in average people in my area was disturbing. Half the businesses in the region closed and a third of the grocery store shelves were empty. The look in people's faces was one of bewilderment and fear; their eyes were like saucers, no one was staring into their cell phones as they usually do, and people huddled over their shopping carts like wild dogs protecting a carcass.

Luckily, this tension has subsided, but only because the majority of Americans have been assuming for the past couple months that the pandemic was going to fade away in the summer and that the "reopening" was permanent. Sadly, this is a delusion that is going to bite people in the ass in the next month or two.

In "The Economic Reopening Is A Fake-Out", published at the end of May, I stated:
The restrictions will continue in major US population centers while rural areas have mostly opened with much fanfare. The end result of this will be a flood of city dwellers into rural towns looking for relief from more strict lockdown conditions. In about a month, we should expect new viral clusters in places where there was limited transmission. I suggest that before the 4th of July holiday, state governments and the Federal government will be talking about new lockdowns, using the predictable infection spike as an excuse.

Comment: For a more accurate account of the virus' inception, don't miss: Compelling Evidence That SARS-CoV-2 Was Man-Made