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1. Alexander Vindman resigns from Army citing ‘bullying’ from Trump for impeachment testimony
USA TODAY reports: The Army officer who testified in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry announced Wednesday he will resign, citing intimidation from the White House.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman had seen his promotion to colonel delayed this summer after testifying about his concerns with Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to open investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who had business interests in the country.
That conversation triggered Trump’s impeachment, and Vindman became a star witness in the House Democrats’ probe.
Vindman cited “bullying, intimidation and retaliation” by Trump in explaining his decision to retire, according to a statement from his lawyer David Pressman.
Today I officially requested retirement from the US Army, an organization I love. My family and I look forward to the next chapter of our lives. pic.twitter.com/h2D9MRUHY2
— Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) July 8, 2020
2. DML: American spirit is more contagious than COVID-19
In a recent exclusive news broadcast to TeamDML.com subscribers, DMLNewsApp and TeamDML.com founder Dennis Michael Lynch said as long as we allow the media and the “self-proclaimed” experts to manage the processes to which we live, we’re never going to live, or go back to normal.
“We’ll be treated like robots, and if we don’t fall in line, they’ll give us a ticket,” DML said, but he added, “The American spirit is more contagious than COVID-19. The American spirit has been contained, and it needs people to break out.”
WATCH his comments in the 3-minute clip below:
3. Ilhan Omar’s Republican challenger shares video of her calling for the “dismantling” of American systems
Lacy Johnson, the Republican candidate from Minnesota who is seeking to unseat Somalian refugee Rep. Ilhan Omar, tweeted out a viral video of Omar as she called for the U.S. economy and political systems to be dismantled.
“We can’t stop at criminal justice reform or policing reform. We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system. We are fighting to tear down systems of oppression that exist in housing, in education, in health care, in employment, and in the air we breathe,” Omar declared on Tuesday.
Johnson’s tweet has been viewed over 1.8 million times, with over 13,000 re-tweets and comments and over 19,000 likes.
Today, my opponent Ilhan Omar called for the “dismantling” of everything that’s good for America.
She called for the dismantling of the US economy and political systems.
— Lacy Johnson (@LacyJohnsonMN) July 7, 2020
4. Supreme Court rules in favor of Little Sisters of the Poor in ObamaCare contraception case
Fox News reports: The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration acted within its authority when it expanded exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement for employers to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception — in a victory for Little Sisters of the Poor, the Catholic group that has been at the center of the national debate over the mandate.
The court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Trump administration and the Catholic charity that cares for the elderly in two related disputes against Pennsylvania, which sued over the validity of a rule from the Trump administration that allowed religious-affiliated groups and some for-profit companies to opt-out of providing contraception coverage to employees.
The majority opinion, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, ruled that the Trump administration’s challenged rulemaking was aboveboard, and hailed the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Religious employers see the rulings in Our Lady of Guadalupe and Little Sisters as vindications of their right to pursue their religious missions free of statutory and regulatory requirements that may infringe on those missions.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) July 8, 2020
Opinion from Justice Thomas in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania https://t.co/0HnUWMIfCP. Roberts, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh join majority opinion. Kagan & Breyer write separately to concur in the judgment. Ginsburg dissents w/ Sotomayor
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) July 8, 2020
5. Almost half of staffers at ICE detention center diagnosed with COVID-19
The Hill reports: Almost half of the staff at the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona have tested positive for COVID-19, two employees and 14 migrants at the center told NBC News.
CoreCivic, the company that owns the detention center, confirmed to NBC that 137 out of 300 employees have tested positive. CoreCivic did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
Lawyers for the Florence Project, a nonprofit pushing to release migrants from custody, told NBC that migrants they represent told them they noticed a reduced presence of guards at the facility.
Exclusive from @JuliaEAinsley and @jacobsoboroff At the Eloy ICE Detention Center in Arizona, 127 employees have tested positive since the pandemic’s start, as have 222 migrant detainees. One guard has died. https://t.co/ImY8hUmgls
— NBC Investigations (@NBCInvestigates) July 8, 2020
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