Today is July 18 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- John Lewis is dead
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., one of the nation’s most preeminent civil rights figures, died Friday night. He was 80. The congressman had been battling pancreatic cancer.
Lewis’ journey took him from protests against Jim Crow laws in the South – including the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march known as “Bloody Sunday” — to a long career representing Georgia in the House of Representatives.
DML: A noisy Democrat for sure, and certainly one I had no interest in listening to, but in the end is was an America. R.I.P.
You did, indeed, fight the good fight and get into a lot of good trouble.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) July 18, 2020
2-Portland’s radical mayor attacks Trump verbally
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is demanding that President Trump remove federal agents deployed to the city amid criticisms of a heavy-handed response against protesters and journalists and reports that militarized law enforcement personnel have refused to identify themselves.
“Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city,” Wheeler said at a news conference Friday. “This is part of the core media strategy out of Trump’s White House: to use federal troops to bolster his sagging polling data. And it is an absolute abuse of federal law enforcement officials.”
His remarks came on the same day the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Marshals Service for allegedly violating the rights of journalists and legal observers. The suit adds the federal agencies to an existing complaint to halt crowd control measures and the use of tear gas, rubber bullets against the media and legal observers during protests. Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said that officers are in contact with federal agents, but that neither controls what the other does.
DML: Put them all in jail and shut them up once and for all.
3- Shootout leaves two FBI agents shot
Two FBI special agents were shot while attempting to serve a search warrant Friday morning at a home in Mesa, Arizona according to reports.
The suspect, an alleged serial bank robber, was found dead inside, FOX 10 in Phoenix reported.
The agents were shot as they approached the suspect’s door around 6 a.m. “Come out with your hands up!” one of the agents could be heard yelling to the suspect on cell phone video of the incident, FOX 10 reported. “This is the FBI. We have a warrant.”
One agent was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released and the other agent was treated for minor wounds at the scene. The suspect was identified as Abraham Rivera, 49, who was accused in at least four bank robberies at three banks in the state since last year.
DML: Gee, I wonder if they’ll mark this as a COVID death?
4-Gov defends lawsuit against mask mandate
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp joined “The Ingraham Angle” Friday to discuss his lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, and accused Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and other local officials of “playing politics” with the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m working very hard every day, and have been for a long time now, to protect lives as well as the livelihoods of my fellow citizens,” Kemp told host Laura Ingraham. “However, we have people, local mayors, that are playing politics. They want to go back to shelter-in-place. They want to stop in-person dining with no notice, just pulling the rug out from under people, and I’m just not going to allow that to happen.
“We’re fighting two battles here now, one to protect lives, but also to protect livelihoods,” the governor went on. “And so I filed a lawsuit to stop them because those orders are in conflict with the statewide order that I have executed for the public health state of emergency.”
The suit by Kemp and state Attorney General Chris Carr argues that Bottoms overstepped her authority by announcing earlier this month that the city would go back to “Phase 1” of reopening due to an increase of coronavirus cases. That move would have shuttered restaurant dining rooms and non-essential city facilities, as well as mandated that city residents wear masks.
For her part, Bottoms described the lawsuit as “bizarre” and accused Kemp of putting “politics over people” during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show Friday.
DML: I love this guy Kemp. He would make a good president.
5- White House blocks CDC from testifying
The White House has blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield from testifying in front of Congress next week regarding how to safely reopen schools.
House Education Committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., requested the CDC director testify amid reported cases of coronavirus spiking across the nation, as President Trump pushes for schools to reopen in the fall.
The hearing is set to be held in front of the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education on July 23.
DML: Good move. Open the damn schools!
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