(CNN)Joe Biden will no longer accept the Democratic presidential nomination in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, officials said Wednesday, in the latest and strongest sign that the Democratic National Convention will be almost entirely virtual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Biden will instead accept the Democratic nomination for president from his home state of Delaware, according to the Democratic National Convention Committee.“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first. We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives. That’s the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves. And that’s the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said in a statement.One official told CNN the decision was announced internally Wednesday morning.A Biden campaign spokesman declined to comment.
Congressional negotiations over another economic stimulus package are inching forward, but lawmakers still remain far apart on numerous issues, including unemployment benefits, aid to states and localities, education funding, liability protections and food assistance.
Democrats on Wednesday seemed more pessimistic than usual about the status of talks, which have occurred daily on Capitol Hill for nearly two weeks. They’ve reported offering concessions and said they would keep trying to reach a deal.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel, but how long that tunnel is remains to be seen,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters after a two-hour session on Wednesday.
Spy agencies in recent weeks circulated a classified analysis about the efforts underway inside Saudi Arabia, working with China, to build industrial capacity to produce nuclear fuel. The analysis has raised alarms that there might be secret Saudi-Chinese efforts to process raw uranium into a form that could later be enriched into weapons fuel, according to American officials.
As part of the study, they have identified a newly completed structure near a solar-panel production area near Riyadh, the Saudi capital, that some government analysts and outside experts suspect could be one of a number of undeclared nuclear sites.
American officials said that the Saudi efforts were still in an early stage, and that intelligence analysts had yet to draw firm conclusions about some of the sites under scrutiny. Even if the kingdom has decided to pursue a military nuclear program, they said, it would be years before it could have the ability to produce a single nuclear warhead.
Saudi officials have made no secret of their determination to keep pace with Iran, which has accelerated since President Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledged in 2018 that his kingdom would try to develop or acquire nuclear weapons if Iran continued its work toward a bomb.
The workers in the mailroom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette may have the highest concentration of employees with the most longevity.
Of the 38 employees, half of them have more than 40 years of service with the company. The other 50 percent are newbies, they only have 25 years or more at the paper. For those unfamiliar with the job, these workers handle the paper once it comes off the press. They put in inserts, they bundle the product and they get them to the truck. And they do that for every publication printed at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (including the Pittsburgh Current in the pre-COVID world).
These workers are old school newspaper people. They’ve been around and they’ve watched the industry change over the years. So, it only made sense that when the union held a strike authorization vote over the weekend, it was done old school.
“We met in a parking lot,” said Steve Stasenko, president of the Pittsburgh Mailers Local 22/CWA Local 14842, and a 43-year veteran of the paper himself. “We told them where we were in terms of negotiations and told them that the company said it made its last best offer. The offer isn’t a good one, I asked if they wanted to hold a hand vote on whether or not to authorize a strike. They said yes and a strike authorization was approved unanimously.
“That doesn’t mean we’re going on strike, necessarily, but it’s certainly the first step in that process.”
Labor issues at the Post-Gazette are nothing new. In fact over the past few years, things have been downright nasty. The last contract expired in 2017. Employees across the board haven’t had a raise in 14 years and have actually given back salary in the form of benefit compensation. And while things have been bad for awhile, all indications are that they are probably going to get a lot worse.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s home district includes San Francisco. Star-Kist Tuna’s headquarters is in San Francisco.
Star-Kist is owned by Del Monte Foods and is a major contributor to Pelosi. Star-Kist is the major employer in American Samoa, employing 75 percent of the Samoan work force.
Paul Pelosi, Nancy’s husband, reportedly owns $17 million of Star-Kist stock.In January 2007 when the minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $7.25, Nancy Pelosi had American Samoa exempted from the increase so Del Monte would not have to pay the higher wage. This would make Star-Kist production less costly than their competitors’.
Now, when the huge bailout bill was passed, Pelosi added pork to the final bill, adding $33 million for an “Economic Development Credit” in American Samoa.Pelosi had the gall to call the Bush Administration “corrupt.” What in the world would you call the above? This was supposedly validated by “Snopes.”
My question: Why isn’t our media keeping us informed of things of this nature?
Shouldn’t our voters be aware of items like this prior to voting? The contents of this was received from a friend via e-mail.
Edward (Ed) Bourne
The restrictions in place are killing their businesses, so they’ve come up with a few of their own and will present them to lawmakers in Harrisburg Tuesday morning.
Mexico now has the third-most COVID-19 deaths in the world, behind the United States and Brazil.
Mexican health officials on Friday reported 688 new deaths, pushing the country’s confirmed total to over 46,600. That put Mexico just ahead of the United Kingdom, which has more than 46,100, according to the tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Some countries are seeing hopeful signs: China reported a more than 50% drop in newly confirmed cases in a possible indication that its latest major outbreak in the northwestern region of Xinjiang may have run its course.
In Hong Kong and elsewhere, however, infections continue to surge. Hong Kong reported more than 100 new cases as of Saturday among the population of 7.5 million. Officials have reinstituted dining restrictions and mask requirements.
By Alexander Soros, deputy chair of the Open Society Foundations
The senseless killings of George Floyd and countless other Black Americans while in police custody have sparked the largest and most diverse mass protests in the history of the United States. You might think everyone would now be focusing on how to fix a system that has mercilessly subjugated, brutalized and killed Black and brown people in this country. But you would be wrong.
Instead of trying to come together and figure out how America can live up to its promise of equality for all, too many people prefer to stoke the flames of anti-Semitism. The wave of outrage over systemic racism has provoked anti-Semitic accusations that Jews — specifically my father, George Soros — are organizing the protests behind the scenes.
Consider this: My father was mentioned on Twitter in connection with the protests 500,000 times a day in late May and 68,746 times on Facebook throughout the month. That broke the record of 38,326 mentions in October 2018, when he was falsely accused of funding a migrant caravan to the southern border.
And these vile allegations are not confined to the margins of social media. Just last week, John Kass, a prominent conservative columnist for the Chicago Tribune, claimed that my father was somehow responsible for the unrest in Chicago and other American cities because of his support for a liberal approach to criminal justice, one that Kass alleged has allowed felons out on the streets and created an environment that feeds the protests.
I was appalled after reading “Pittsburgh council set to enact police reforms before summer recess” (July 22, TribLIVE). Councilman Ricky Burgess states “we cannot defund the police” and then sets in action a “reform bill” that defunds the police budget by $250,000, which was set for a new recruit class and moved to yet another series of social programs. This is by definition defunding the police department.
In addition to parroting basically everything put in action by either District Attorney Stephen Zappala (programs to divert low-level offenders from the criminal justice system) or the Pittsburgh Police administration (always had a ban on chokeholds and are dutifully obligated to intervene in criminal situations), Burgess is breaking zero new ground here.
Instead he, along with another proponent of defunding the police, Councilman Corey O’Connor, are once again simply stripping people in the poorer and underfunded neighborhoods who need the police of their most basic right as taxpayers: protection and safety. Burgess and O’Connor won’t feel the brunt of their “reforms” because they live in better neighborhoods, which typically don’t require the daily amount of policing that poorer and more violent neighborhoods do.
I propose a different set of reforms that can achieve markedly better results and cut waste. Since the measures Burgess suggested are largely already implemented by the police department and district attorney’s office, keep the new recruits coming and instead defund council’s bloated and largesse budget, and put those savings toward the social programs council members feel are so vital to public well-being. Problem solved!
Francesco Rosato Jr.