Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general at the Pentagon who was supposed to oversee how the administration was administering coronavirus relief funds, resigned Tuesday after Trump replaced him with Sean O’Donnell. Trump in April removed Fine from his role after Fine was named to lead the committee that was tasked with overseeing the implementation of the $2 trillion relief package.
LA resident and animal rights activist Marc Ching has been accused of staging gruesome dog killings during trips to slaughterhouses for footage in his foundation videos. As per the LA Times, Marc Ching allegedly paid a butcher in Indonesia to hang a dog and burn it to death so he could stage the scene for the camera. Ching claims the allegations were cooked up by rivals in the animal rescue world.
Florida Republicans are making an aggressive play to snatch the Republican National Convention from North Carolina after Trump threatened to move the late-August gathering from North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor didn’t ’immediately’ guarantee a full capacity event there. According to Politico, Florida Rep. Michael Waltz made the offer to Trump on a phone call on Sunday.
A video from NYC’s Central Park has gone viral showing a white woman calling the cops on a black man who asked her to leash her dog. The park’s rules require that dogs be leashed. The footage, posted by the man’s sister, shows the woman marching towards the man, demanding he stop filming. The woman is seen threatening to call the cops and tell them an African American man is threatening her life.
As states are opening up, new information on what activities present the most, and the least, risk of COVID-19 infection. The CDC reports that risk of catching the illness from surfaces is quite low. ’Superspreaders’ are suspected to account for a large amount of transmission of the disease.
NASA and SpaceX are ready to launch two astronauts into space from the Kennedy Space Center Wednesday, and have begun final pre-flight checks. This is the first manned orbital mission in nearly a decade, and the first using a privately owned and operated spacecraft. Officials said the weather forecast is currently 60% favorable for the launch, which is scheduled for Wednesday at 4:33pm ET.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer admitted on Tuesday that her husband placed her name while requesting to get their boat in the water for the Memorial Day weekend. She claimed that it was a ’failed attempt at humor.’ Her statements came after her office pushed back against the story. They claimed that they are ’not going to make it a practice of addressing every rumor that is spread online.’
Steve Sisolak, the Democratic Governor of Nevada was warned by the Trump administration who said that his plan for reopening the state during recovery from the novel coronavirus reportedly does not treat secular and religious gatherings equally. The head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division sent a letter to the governor on Monday regarding the same.
YouTube has taken down a Michael Moore-produced documentary ’Planet of the Humans’ in response to a copyright infringement claim. The movie allegedly includes a clip without the permission of the owner photographer Toby Smith. Planet of the Humans calls itself as a ’full-frontal assault’ on the environmental movement. The movie has been slammed by climate scientists and activists for inaccuracy.
Missouri’s health officials have issued a warning after videos showed a crowded pool party in Lake of the Ozarks on Memorial Day weekend. The department has said those who traveled and or failed to adhere to social distancing guidelines should self-quarantine for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result for COVID-19. County Executive Sam Page called the behavior ’reckless’.
Senior White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett is drawing flak for his comments that America’s ’human capital stock’ is ready to get back work. Hassett made the comments in response to a query around unemployment numbers. The term ’human stock’ has typically been associated with eugenics. ’Our capital stock hasn’t been destroyed, our human capital stock is ready to get back to work’, he said.
Katie Miller, the Press Secretary of United States Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said that she was resuming work after having recovered from the novel coronavirus. Ms. Miller returned to work after having received three negative tests for the infectious disease. She had contracted the virus in early May.
Nearly 10 people died and 39 others were wounded in the deadliest Memorial Day weekend of Chicago since 2015. A spate of shootings took place despite a statewide stay at home order that has been imposed in order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Chicago police have also increased patrols as they are anticipating a spike in violence.