It’s Hard to Find a Trump Who Hasn’t Voted by Mail

On reviewing records from the Manhattan Board of Elections, The Daily Beast discovered that Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and the First Lady all had ballots mailed to them in Washington, D.C. as recently as the 2018 election cycle, and have done so since decamping to the capital three years ago. Eric Trump, who remains in New York, similarly exercised his franchise via envelope and stamp in 2017.

Various errors—from the First Lady’s forgetting to sign the crucial affidavit, to the First Daughter’s sending her ballot back too late, to Kushner’s failure to mail it back at all—prevented the Washington-based wing of the family’s votes from counting in 2017. But the Board of Elections documents show they all successfully returned their votes in the most recent election cycle.

Source: It’s Hard to Find a Trump Who Hasn’t Voted by Mail

Trump knows he could lose election with mail-in voting | Miami Herald – Trump is flat-out wrong. Mail-in voting is safer, not vulnerable to fraud, like he says

As a former Republican member of the Florida Legislature, whose parents fled political oppression, I am appalled that my community would tolerate such an attack on our voting rights.

Based on my 16 years of experience, I can assure voters that there is no merit to Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in mail ballots.

As part of the Republican legal team, we commenced each election cycle with the hypothetical presumption that the Democrats would attempt to commit fraud with the mail ballots. Based on that false supposition, we investigated numerous allegations and never found any credible signs of voter fraud in mail ballots. This was confirmed by our team’s physical presence before the county Canvassing Board that scrutinized the ballot signatures.

 

Source: Trump knows he could lose election with mail-in voting | Miami Herald

Trump to extend US work visa ban until end of 2020 | News | DW | 22.06.2020

The visa categories that will be affected by the new order include H-1B visas for skilled workers, L-1 visas for workers being transferred within a company, most J visas for academics and researchers, the H-2B visas for seasonal workers. Some categories of seasonal workers, like those in the food processing industry, will be exempted.

Businesses who depend on foreign workers have long opposed curbs to legal immigration, while the US Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business association, has said the policy will stifle the economic recovery.

(no rent from workers, no spending on goods and services, no taxes paid – not jobs for unemployed US service workers,)

Source: Trump to extend US work visa ban until end of 2020 | News | DW | 22.06.2020

Chennai goes into ‘intensified lockdown’

Chennai (formerly Madras) police worked overtime at the weekend after the Indian city imposed an “intensified lockdown” from last Friday to the end of this month to deal with the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

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Chennai police worked overtime at the weekend after the Indian city imposed an “intensified lockdown” from last Friday to the end of this month to deal with the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Only pharmacies and hospitals can operate, while offices, shops, markets, restaurants and even petrol stations have been closed. Residents are banned from driving but may walk to nearby stores that open briefly in the morning.

Tamil Nadu state, of which Chennai is the capital, has seen the third-highest number of Covid-19 positive cases in India, following Maharashtra state and Delhi. The 59,377 infections recorded in the southern state as of yesterday means it has almost as many cases as Delhi. Over 750 people have died in the state, with Chennai accounting for almost 70 per cent of its infection cases.

So even as the rest of India started easing curbs, Tamil Nadu announced a second, stricter lockdown for Chennai and the neighbouring Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts.

The announcement of the new lockdown on June 15 prompted thousands of Chennai residents to drive to other districts. The rush saw long lines at highway check-posts and toll plazas until the wee hours of last Friday morning.

“We don’t want to risk catching the coronavirus in Chennai. And we are sick of lockdown after lockdown. It doesn’t seem to have shown any benefits,” said Mr Naveen J. Antony, an accountant who drove out of Chennai last Wednesday with his family. They plan to stay in Coimbatore until the lockdown ends.

Chennai Police Commissioner A.K. Vishwanathan told a local paper: “We only allowed those with electronic travel passes to go through. We seized other vehicles or fined drivers. Most are staying home now.”

Other regions are now wary of travellers from Chennai.

Dr J. Nirmalson, deputy director for health services in neighbouring Salem district, said that of its 47 cases recorded on Sunday, six were Chennai returnees and four were from other states.

Chennai had 369 containment zones a week ago but now has 64, while cases have exploded in suburbs like Tambaram and Pallavaram, which are entry points to the city. The two suburbs are technically in the adjacent Chengalpet district, now also under lockdown.

Sunday saw a total lockdown in Chennai and people stayed indoors, but Tamil Nadu state still recorded the highest single-day spike with 2,532 new cases.

Health experts said Tamil Nadu, known for its impressive health indicators, is struggling with the pandemic because it has adopted a law-and-order approach using bans and fines rather than a more people-friendly public health policy.

Resident welfare associations have complained that the door-to-door disease surveillance was inadequate and testing was erratic. “I see more policemen out there than health workers,” said Ms Kavitha P., a resident of the Adyar neighbourhood.

A Health Department report this month which found that hospitals failed to report 236 deaths has also eroded public trust. With these deaths, Tamil Nadu’s fatality rate was 1.5 per cent, compared with the 0.7 per cent reported by officials.

Tamil Nadu is testing 11,158 people per million, among the top 10 highest testing states. It has 83 testing centres, the most in India.

However, virologist Jacob John said the state was conducting more tests in areas with fewer cases. “If more people with symptoms and in hot spots are tested, more Covid-19 cases will be diagnosed,” he said.

But a frustrated police official has blamed people for flouting social distancing rules, saying: “No one wears masks properly! Fifty of the 53 who died on Sunday had comorbidities. At least the elderly should be careful.”

State Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Sunday launched a 300-bed institutional quarantine facility at a private college in Chennai. Calling the lockdown “a speed breaker”, he said: “God only knows when the pandemic will end.”

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U.S. Soldier Linked to Satanic Neo-Nazi Group Allegedly Plotted ‘Murderous Ambush’ on His Own Unit – VICE

Pvt. Ethan Melzer, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, enlisted in the military in 2018 and a year later allegedly joined the Order of the Nine Angles (O9A), a Satanic, neo-Nazi group with international ties including to Atomwaffen, a violent “accelerationist” group based in the U.S.

Federal prosecutors say Melzer shared information about the anticipated move to Turkey with members of O9A, and an affiliated group called RapeWaffen Division.

“As alleged, Ethan Melzer, a private in the U.S. Army, was the enemy within,” Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement. “Melzer allegedly attempted to orchestrate a murderous ambush on his own unit by unlawfully revealing its location, strength, and armaments to a neo-Nazi, anarchist, white supremacist group. “

 

Source: U.S. Soldier Linked to Satanic Neo-Nazi Group Allegedly Plotted ‘Murderous Ambush’ on His Own Unit – VICE

Pence Also Loves Voting By Mail, Or As He Calls It, ‘Voter Fraud’

Donald Trump, who has himself voted by mail

Mike Pence and Mother Pence voted in the Indiana Republican primary this past April via mail-in ballots, and in an interesting if perfectly legal twist, used a residence they haven’t lived in since 2016 as their official address.

 

Source: Pence Also Loves Voting By Mail, Or As He Calls It, ‘Voter Fraud’

Fractured Skulls, Lost Eyes: Police Often Break Their Own Rules Using ‘Rubber Bullets’: LAist

At least 60 protesters sustained serious head injuries, including a broken jaw, traumatic brain injuries and blindness, based on news reports, interviews with victims and witnesses and a list compiled by Scott Reynhout, a Los Angeles researcher.

Photos and videos posted on social media show protesters with large bruises or deep gashes on the throathandsarms, legschestrib cage and stomach, all caused by what law enforcement calls “kinetic impact projectiles” and bystanders call “rubber bullets.”

Source: Fractured Skulls, Lost Eyes: Police Often Break Their Own Rules Using ‘Rubber Bullets’: LAist