Today is September 3 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1-AG Barr rejects narrative that there is an epidemic of cops are out to shoot unarmed black men
Attorney General Bill Barr said Wednesday it’s a “false narrative” to say there is an “epidemic of cops shooting unarmed black men.”
“I think the narrative that the police are on some epidemic of shooting unarmed black men is simply a false narrative,” Barr said in a CNN appearance. “The fact is that it’s very rare for an unarmed African American to be shot by a white police officer.”
Those shot by police officers are majority White, 52 percent, but 32 percent are Black, though African Americans make up 13 percent of the population, according to findings from the National Institutes of Health.
Most victims, 83 percent, were found to be armed. However, Black victims were more likely to be unarmed,14.8 percent, than White, 9.4 percent, or Hispanic, 5.8 percent, victims.
… atty gen. barr: “i think the narrative that the police are on some epidemic of shooting unarmed black men is simply a false narrative… it’s very rare for an unarmed african american to be shot by a white police officer.” pic.twitter.com/c0g1XmzDsL
— fake nick ramsey @ 🏡 (@nick_ramsey) September 2, 2020
DML: Barr is 100% correct. Talk to any street cop anywhere in the US and odds are extremely high that if you ask them what race commits the most crimes, they will answer “BLACKS.”
2-Mets great Tom Seaver dead at 75
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Seaver transformed a franchise and captivated a city, setting enduring standards as he whipped his powerful right arm overhead for the Miracle Mets and dirtied his right knee atop major league mounds for two decades.
Seaver, the galvanizing force who steered the New York Mets from National League laughingstock to a stunning World Series title in 1969, has died. He was 75.
We mourn the passing of Tom Seaver, a Hall of Fame pitcher and World Series champion. He was 75. pic.twitter.com/KcSBQTk0rL
— MLB (@MLB) September 3, 2020
DML: He was a great pitcher to watch. RIP.
3-Biden garners more Republican endorsements, this time from ex-governors
(Reuters) – Nearly 100 Republican and independent leaders will endorse Democrat Joe Biden for president on Thursday, including one-time 2020 Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld and the former Republican governors of Michigan and New Jersey, people involved in the effort told Reuters.
The latest Republican-led effort to oppose the re-election of President Donald Trump also includes current and former Republicans in the key battleground state of Michigan that will help decide the outcome of the Nov. 3 election, the group’s members said.
Called ‘Republicans and Independents for Biden’, the group is headed by Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican governor of New Jersey who has become one of Trump’s fiercest critics and who spoke at the recent Democratic National Convention in support of Biden.
“Biden is a decent man, he’s a steady man,” Whitman told Reuters. “Trump is trying to paint the world of Joe Biden as horrific – but that’s Trump’s America now.”
She accused Trump of betraying conservative values by undermining the rule of law and national security, lying, dividing Americans along racial lines, and failing the country in his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Another leading member of the group is Rick Snyder, a two-term governor of Michigan who left office in 2019.
acceptance speech-on those few occasions when the crowd missed their applause lines, he would stop & stare or add a throw away line to remind them of why they were there. Yes, Trump feels he deserves to be in the White House & we are here to serve him, not the other way around.3
— Governor Christine Todd Whitman (@GovCTW) August 28, 2020
DML:It sounds to me like the former governor needs a boyfriend to keep her busy and off Twitter. What a dumbass.
4-U.S. deficit to hit a record $3.3 trillion, bigger than the economy’s size for the first time since WWII
The federal budget deficit is projected to hit a record $3.3 trillion as huge government expenditures to fight the coronavirus and to prop up the economy have added more than $2 trillion to the federal ledger, the Congressional Budget Office said.
The spike in the deficit means that federal debt will exceed annual gross domestic product next year — a milestone that would put the U.S. where it was in the aftermath of World War II, when accumulated debt exceeded the size of the economy.
The $3.3 trillion figure released Wednesday is more than triple the 2019 shortfall and more than double the levels experienced after the market meltdown and Great Recession of 2008-09. Government spending, fueled by four coronavirus response measures, would register at $6.6 trillion, $2 trillion-plus more than 2019.
The recession has caused a drop in tax revenues have fallen, but the changes are not as dramatic as seen on the spending side, with individual income tax collections running 11% behind last year. Corporate tax collections are down 34%.
DML: It should scare me to think of how busy I am going to be in 2024 when I am elected president, but I welcome the challenge.
5-CDC: Coronavirus vaccine could arrive in October, November; asks states to prepare
A coronavirus vaccine could be ready for distribution as early as October or November, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told state officials, according to reports.
The vaccine would first be distributed to health care workers and those at higher risk, the CDC documents said, according to The New York Times.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said publicly that vaccine trials could end early if the results are overwhelmingly positive.
DML: Nearly every news outlet identifies Fauci the nation’s top infectious disease expert. If this lab rat chaser is the best we have then my God are we screwed. I’ll pass on the vaccine thank you.
DML PARTING WORDS: Did you see my recent post on Instagram? Do I look like a guy who is going to get a vaccine? I feel great all the time and my immune system is rocking!
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