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1. Walmart and Sam’s Club to require masks nationwide starting July 20 as COVID-19 cases rise
USA Today reports: Walmart and Sam’s Club will start requiring masks at stores and clubs nationwide starting Monday, July 20, the company announced Wednesday.
“We know some people have differing opinions on this topic. We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials like the CDC,” the retailers’ chief operating officers said in a blog post Wednesday.
The move comes two days after Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said a mask mandate in stores nationwide was “obviously something that’s on our minds.”
To best serve our communities and protect the health and safety of our shoppers and associates, face coverings will be required in all stores beginning Monday, July 20. For more on our decision and policy, please see here: https://t.co/r2ijRqslNP pic.twitter.com/pKYQCzk48l
— Walmart (@Walmart) July 15, 2020
2. Cutler shares fiery warning on why Americans better take action TODAY!
In a recent exclusive news broadcast to TeamDML.com subscribers, retired INS agent, immigration expert and TeamDML contributor Michael Cutler said it’s time for Americans to step up and be heard, instead of sitting back and complaining.
“We’ve got to start getting people out there, whether it’s picketing the houses of these politicians, or bombarding news stations with commentaries, phone calls and emails… we’re going quietly into the night,” Cutler warned. WATCH BELOW:
3. Ivanka tweet promoting Goya Foods raises fury from the left
First daughter Ivanka Trump, who serves as a senior advisor to President Trump, is getting raked over the coals for a tweet she posted Tuesday night promoting products from Goya Foods.
Liberals called for a boycott of all Goya products after its CEO praised President Trump at a White House event last week. Now Ivanka is being blasted for using her White House position to promote the company and is being accused of violating ethics rules. Her tweet already has over 55,000 re-tweets and comments.
If it’s Goya, it has to be good.
Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020
Here is further proof that Ivanka’s tweet was done in her official capacity. The administration is pushing Goya in exchange for the endorsement the company’s CEO gave Trump. Whether or not expressly coordinated, Ivanka’s tweet is a part of that effort. It’s an ethics violation. https://t.co/Jbb9123pOM
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 15, 2020
4. Oklahoma governor tests positive for COVID-19
The Associated Press reports: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he’s the first governor in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home.
Stitt, 48, said he mostly feels fine, although he started feeling “a little achy” on Tuesday and sought a test. He said his wife and children were also tested Tuesday and that none of them has tested positive.
Stitt has backed one of the country’s most aggressive reopening plans, resisted any statewide mandate on masks and rarely wears one himself.
Stitt makes the announcement during a surprise press conference. Says he tested postive yesterday. Stitt is isolating away from his family and is working from home until it is safe for him to go back to normal. pic.twitter.com/nJA66x774m
— Zach Rael (@KOCOZach) July 15, 2020
5. Portland protesters create own ‘autonomous zone’ by pitching tents, rebuilding barricades removed by police
Fox News reports: Portland protesters early Wednesday began to set up tents in the park near the federal courthouse and have barricaded streets to create their own autonomous zone, likened to the since disbanded Capitol Hill Occupied Protest in Seattle.
Demonstrators began erecting tents in downtown Portland’s Lownsdale Square, across the street from the federal Pioneer Courthouse, one of the federal properties Homeland Security sought to protect by bringing federal officers into the city two weeks ago.
An unofficial Twitter page attributed to a group of anti-capitalist, anti-fascist teens who call themselves the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front said protesters want to establish the Chinook Land Autonomous Territory, or CLAT, in downtown Portland. The Chinook people include several indigenous groups native to the Pacific Northwest.
— PNW Youth Liberation Front (@PNWYLF) July 15, 2020
Antifa in Portland set up walls and barriers in the street outside the federal courthouse to claim their own autonomous zone, calling it “CLAT” for “Chinook Land Autonomous Territory.” pic.twitter.com/ntQQPfCZAR
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 15, 2020
Federal police use crowd control to clear antifa rioters from their street occupation dubbed the “CLAT.” The street was shut down for hours when antifa used stolen property to create walls around their space. pic.twitter.com/Yiex4Hi89r
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 15, 2020
And here’s the very impressive barricade on Madison. pic.twitter.com/0LVql0gevB
— Lindsey Smith (she/her) (@LindseyPSmith7) July 15, 2020
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