Trump Mourns ‘All the Birds’ Killed by Windmills, Stays Mum on 160K COVID Deaths

Trump Mourns ‘All the Birds’ Killed by Windmills, Stays Mum on 160K COVID Deaths

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With a collapsing economy, mounting COVID-19 deaths, and sinking poll numbers, President Donald Trump on Tuesday night used a primetime interview to sound the alarm over what will surely go down in history as one of the worst atrocities of the 21st century: “all the birds” that keep getting sucked up and devoured by windmills.

While the president spent part of his interview with pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity discussing the apparent bird-killing qualities of windmills, he found no time to say anything about the nearly 165,000 Americans who have died from coronavirus.

Calling into close confidant Hannity’s primetime show, ostensibly to discuss presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s choice of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate, the president seemed more interested in veering off into irrelevant tangents than focusing on the new veep candidate.

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Tucker Carlson Peddles Sexist Smear Against Kamala Harris

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson revived a sexist jab against newly named Democratic vice presidential pick Kamala Harris, implying that she got ahead in her political career due to a brief personal relationship with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

Carlson, who recently suggested it was “illegal” for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to prioritize a Black female running mate, kicked off Tuesday night’s broadcast by tearing into the California senator.

Right away, the Fox News star said that while other vice presidential contenders had “sincere beliefs,” Harris is the “opposite of that” and the “single most transactional human being in America.” He then went on to insinuate that unseen leaders in the Democratic Party chose both Biden and Harris, calling it the “first entirely hollow presidential ticket in American history.”

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Sarah Cooper Roasts Trump and Louis C.K. as Guest Host of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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Before the pandemic, nobody had heard of Sarah Cooper. Five months later, she’s the latest celebrity guest-hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

The beloved TikTok Trump lip-syncher took the reins on a big night as Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate just a few hours before she taped her opening monologue from a vacant house in Beverly Hills. 

“Hi, I’m Sarah Cooper and I have an announcement to make,” she began. “I am not going to be the next vice president of the United States. It was down to me and Kamala, but Joe wanted to go with someone who has ‘experience.’” 

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There Is No ‘Russia Vaccine’

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Here’s one way to get mass participation in your experimental vaccine clinical trials: Don’t call it experimental, and don’t call it a trial. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin made headlines Tuesday by announcing that the country had developed and registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine. In a televised video conference with government ministers, he said the new Gam-Covid-Vac Lyo, developed by Russian scientists at Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, was so safe and effective that his daughter and a top government official have already taken it. In touting the new drug, he insisted it had passed “all needed checks” despite the fact it hasn’t undergone phase 3 trials—a fact that has horrified vaccine experts in the U.S. who are trying to parse the science from the PR spin. 

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LAPD Officer Accused of Sexually Abusing a Corpse

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Last December, a Los Angeles cop was arrested after his own body camera captured him fondling a dead woman during a call to her residence.

Now the woman’s family is suing the LAPD officer, David Rojas, claiming he was negligent, invaded their privacy, inflicted emotional distress, and mishandled human remains. On Tuesday, the mother and son of the victim appeared at a press conference with high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred to announce the suit.

Janet Baggett was in tears while reading from a statement about what happened to her daughter, 34-year-old Elizabeth Baggett. She told reporters, “Shock and disgust does not even come close to describing the horror of hearing this news.”

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These Florida Counties Are Feeling the Heat From DeSantis to Reopen Schools

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On Tuesday morning, school board members in Hendry County, Florida, logged onto their computers for a virtual “emergency” session about the upcoming school year. For some teachers watching, the meeting amounted to a disturbing surprise. 

The week prior, the county school board had approved a plan that would require students learn virtually until the county’s coronavirus case positivity rate dropped below 10 percent for at least 10 consecutive days. Hendry County, an area 65 miles east of Fort Myers with a population of 42,000, currently has one of the highest infection rates (4.2 percent) in all of southwestern Florida. Multiple teachers in the county told The Daily Beast they’d viewed the decision to hold off on sending kids back to the classroom as a safe choice.

But on Tuesday, Superintendent Paul Puletti delivered a major announcement: The county had, over the weekend and within the course of just a few days, decided to reverse course. As of Tuesday morning, Hendry County planned to reopen schools on August 31 for those students who choose to return to the classroom. The county is also offering students the chance to continue learning virtually with county public school teachers or through an outside educational service. 

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Back to School Deals Everyone Can Take Advantage Of

By Scott Muska

It’s that time of year again: Back-to-school season. 

As summer comes to an end and fall approaches, it’s time for all students — from pre-K to post-grad —  to stock up on what they need to perform at their academic best, whether they’ll be spending the year in a brick-and-mortar school, learning and working remotely, or a combination of the two.

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Trump Campaign Playbook: Paint Kamala as ‘Ruthless’ and ‘Power-Hungry’

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Sen. Kamala Harris may be on the bottom of the Democratic presidential ticket, but President Donald Trump’s allies plan to portray her as far more than just a running mate. If Joe Biden prevails in November, the line from Team Trump will go, the California Democrat will effectively be the president of the United States.

It’s an extension of a line of attack against Biden that the Trump campaign has hammered for weeks: that he is incapable of governing and would effectively be a vessel for other interests in the Democratic Party to govern by proxy. In Harris, Trump allies say, Biden has selected a perfect foil to ramp up that line of attack.

“The playbook on Kamala is pretty simple,” a plugged-in Trumpworld source told The Daily Beast. “Right now the message on Biden—and it’s the first effective frame the campaign has sustained on Biden—is that he’s an empty shell for the radical left. Kamala Harris is a power-hungry politician. She comes across as ruthless. So it’s a believable frame that she’d be running the administration for empty shell Joe Biden.”

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Why Kamala Harris Is the Right Choice for Vice President

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It’s a good sign that with his first important decision as presidential nominee, Joe Biden got it right. 

Kamala Harris was the best available choice for a few reasons. Obviously, she’s history-making, the first Black woman to be a major-party veep nominee. She’s smart and tough and will probably be an effective attacker of the incumbent. She has charisma, she’s relatively young, and standing up there next to Biden, she lowers his age about five years.

But she’s the right choice mainly for one very simple reason: She was the most expected choice. I realize that my reasoning here is a little tautological, but here’s what I mean.

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Women’s Jeans That Won’t Let You Down, No Matter How Many Times You Wear Them

In my opinion, there’s no such thing as owning too many jeans. Jeans are the equalizer of outfits. They can be dressed up or dressed down and there are so many different cuts and styles that they can be worn at practically any occasion. There are so many to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to a handful that can satisfy any experience you throw at them.

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