The Latest From the CDC on COVID-19
A media briefing provides important perspective on the pandemic, from preexisting conditions to pregnancy.
Project Scientist Ken Farley of Caltech helping lead a NASA mission to Mars of an unmanned rover called “Perseverance.”
Washington DC’s NFL team is changing its controversial 87-year-old name and logo.
Statement from the White House announcing that Pres. Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime informal advisor.
The Supreme Court weighs in on the cases over Pres. Trump’s finances during its final day of the term.
NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio announcing a modified school schedule for America’s largest school district in the fall.
A media briefing provides important perspective on the pandemic, from preexisting conditions to pregnancy.
The CDC says research shows an estimated 10 additional cases for each *known* case of COVID-19 in America,
Consequently, the CDC estimates a small portion of the entire nation – under 8% – have been exposed to COVID-19.
CDC Dir. Dr. Redfield says estimates for asymptomatic spread are btwn 20-80%.
Dr. Redfield says in March, about 27% or 1 in 4 deaths in America were attributed to a pneumonia, flu or COVID-19; now the percentage is more "normal," around 7%. Still he says this latest "significant increase" of cases is important and still part of the "first wave" of this pandemic in America.
Why are certain people so impacted by COVID and not others? New research says it might be about blood type. We *also* heard again from the FDA this week that there’s optimistic research on a treatment called “convalescent plasma.” What’s blood got to do with COVID-19? Here’s the latest with Dr. Darria!
In the wake of a high-profile investigation into what police call an accidental drowning, a look at why you should be extra careful in the water at this time of year.
“There are a lot of currents on the lake that appear typically in the afternoon. We believe it was mid-afternoon when she disappeared, the idea being that the boat started drifting, it was unanchored and that she mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself.”
July: the deadliest month for drowning
Most common during July
Especially as we seek social distance activities outdoors due to COVID-19: P.A.U.S.E. BEFORE YOU DIP YOUR TOES IN: Pay attention to signs and caution warnings. Avoid night swimming. Use life jackets or flotation devices when possible. Swim with at least one other adult. Enjoy alcoholic beverages sparingly.
Lt j.g. Madeline Swegle is the first African-American woman to become a tactical aircraft pilot in the 100+ years of the U.S. Navy.
The platforms include F-18E/F “Super Hornet" (fighter attack aircraft), E-18G “Growler" (an electronic attack aircraft), or F35 “Lightning” (a fighter aircraft). This means after successfully completing additional training, Swegle *could* indeed become a U.S. Navy fighter pilot.
Who Lives, Who Dies,
Who Tells The Story.
Who: Aaron Burr was Vice President of the United States under Pres. Jefferson. Alexander Hamilton was a “Founding Father,” the first U.S. Treasury Secretary and a powerful political figure. Both veterans of the Revolutionary War.
What: A duel. Dueling was illegal in New York and New Jersey, but NJ had a reputation for more leniency.
Where: Weehawken, New Jersey (across the Hudson River from New York City) in the early hours of July 11th, 1804
When: Each man left New York City from separate docks at 5 a.m.. Four men rowed them across the Hudson River.
“But you had rather I should die inno⟨c⟩ent than live guilty. … God’s Will be done. The will of a merciful God must be good.”
“Let those who are disposed to justify the practice of duelling, be induced, by this simple narrative, to view with abhorrence that custom which has occasioned in irreparable loss to a worthy and most afflicted family: which has deprived his friends of a beloved companion, his profession of one of its brightest ornaments, and his country of a great statesman and a real patriot.”
Burr continued to serve as VP until 1805 and was never convicted for the crime. 200 years later, a Broadway musical "Hamilton" put the two men back in the spotlight again in their former home of New York City. Hamilton, the musical, just debuted on Disney's streaming service.
One of the most famous men in American history had private family scrapbooks you will soon see for yourself.
The amazing story of the Frederick Douglass collection.
“Scholars, researchers, students and the world should have access to it.”
A historian describes Douglass' famous July 5, 1852 speech on American independence: “He rips the throats out of his audience, before lifting them up at the end. He says ‘It’s not quite too late. Your nation is still young, still malleable. It’s still possible to save yourselves.’” -- Read it:
The man who invented the sewing machine was born.
His idea was revered, rejected and finally embraced, changing the world forever.
“The mechanical sewing machine was one in a series of technological innovations that transformed the nature of work over the course of the nineteenth century…By 1900, most Americans employed in manufacturing no longer worked at home with their hands but in centralized factories with powered machinery.”
One of America's largest retailers Wal-Mart, said demand for sewing machines and do-it-yourself projects have increased during the pandemic. Interesting to Note: Howe's legal victories made him a millionaire. He supported a regiment of Union troops during the Civil War, serving himself.
In the wake of this week’s historic Supreme Court decision, here’s a look at the uniquely American institution that shapes how the U.S. elects a president.
“The Constitution’s text and the Nation’s history both support allowing a State to enforce an elector’s pledge to support his party’s nominee—and the state voters’ choice—for President.”
Alexander Hamilton wrote that the Electoral College was not perfect, but "excellent." Many disagreed then & many still do. A Supreme Court ruling allowing electors to go "rogue" could have strengthened the argument for those who want to abolish the Electoral College for the popular vote (which would require a constitutional amendment).
While Americans celebrated Independence Day at home, two U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups sailed together in the South China Sea — in the name of “freedom.”
What To Know
Two U.S. aircraft carriers – the USS Nimitz & USS Ronald Reagan – and their supporting ships/aircrafts conducted military exercises on July 4th in the South China Sea.
Days earlier, the Chinese Navy held its own military exercises.
Both sides accuse the other of disrupting peace and security in the region.
“These efforts support enduring U.S. commitments to stand up for the right of all nations to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows.”
“…the U.S. deliberately dispatched massive forces to conduct large-scale military exercises in the relevant waters of the South China Sea to flex its military muscle.”
International waters are generally considered anything beyond 12 nautical miles off the coast of a nation.
This insures freedom of the navigation as no single nation “owns” the sea.
China’s claim to territory far off their coastline conflicts with internationally-accepted norms, and reflects a more aggressive military posture.
The U.S. is one of the few nations in the world with aircraft carriers in its fleet, with a total of 12 -- more than any other nation. China has two in operation and is working on bringing others into its fleet. READ MORE about a near collision at sea between the two countries:
“Live your life.”
After 3 mos. battling COVID-19 Broadway performer Nick Cordero, 41, passed away. His wife, Amanda, updated & inspired many with her positive, faith-filled posts (w/their infant son Elvis) & #WakeUpNick movement of supporters singing Nick's song "Live your life." CDC: The median age for U.S. COVID-19 cases is 48.
Why we celebrate America’s independence on July 4 INSTEAD of July 2, August 2 or September 3
Independence Day celebrates the *adoption* of the Declaration of Independence — not its signing.
During the summer of 1776. the Second Continental Congress was busy at work:
DID YOU KNOW? Although July 4th has long been one of America's most-celebrated secular holidays, it's only been a federal holiday for 150 years. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill into law establishing the first federal holidays - including New Year’s Day, Independence Day, and Christmas Day - on June 28, 1870.
Reports of “bounties” for the killing of U.S. soldiers serving in America’s longest war.
What To Know
“There was not a consensus among the intelligence community. And, in fact, there were dissenting opinions within the intelligence community, and it would not be elevated to the president until it was verified.”
“I do not understand for a moment why the president is not saying this to the American people right now and is relying on ‘I don’t know,’ ‘I haven’t heard,’ ‘I haven’t been briefed.’ That is just not excusable.”
“We are still investigating the alleged intelligence referenced in recent media reporting, and we will brief the president and congressional leaders at the appropriate time. This is the analytic process working the way it should. Unfortunately, unauthorized disclosures now jeopardize our ability to ever find out the full story with respect to these allegations.”
The President’s critics point to the story as highlighting further evidence that the President isn’t tough enough on Russia.
The President’s allies say this story lacks evidence and serves as another attempt to hurt the President by tying him to false allegations of Russian collusion.
America entered Afghanistan because the Taliban provided al-Qaeda a safe harbor to organize, train, and plot September 11th terror attacks. A shooting on a Navy base in Florida last year was recently tied to al-Qaeda. Read more on our source page.
“Enjoy the good times, and walk away from the bumps. That’s it. Even failures can turn into something positive if you just keep going.”
The Hollywood pioneer who said laughter was his "first priority" died at 98. The legendary writer, director, producer, & actor was known for his various comedic roles & creations, including The Dick Van Dyke Show & The Ocean's 11 series. Read more on who helped him live his "best life."
During the height of the Civil War, Pres. Abraham Lincoln turns his gaze west, granting Yosemite Valley to California, with the specific orders to preserve it for future generations of Americans.
“I have seen persons of emotional temperament stand with tearful eyes, spellbound and dumb with awe, as they got their first view of the Valley from Inspiration Point, overwhelmed in the sudden presence of the unspeakable, stupendous grandeur.”
“Nearly all the park is a profound solitude. Yet it is full of charming company, full of God’s thoughts, a place of peace and safety amid the most exalted grandeur and eager enthusiastic action, a new song, a place of beginnings abounding in first lessons on life, mountain-building, eternal, invincible, unbreakable order; with sermons in stones, storms, trees, flowers, and animals brimful of humanity.”
By the 1870s, there were already concerns about too many visitors impacting Yosemite. Muir was one of the many voices who argued (successfully) for Yosemite to become a National Park in 1890 - the third in the nation after Yellowstone and Sequoia.
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