American Headline News for 26 Aug 2020
"So what are you doing sweet lady?" A flurry of 558 messages was sent by a senior state official over 27 days.
A speaker scheduled to appear at the Republican National Convention was pulled from the lineup hours after she promoted an anti-Semitic QAnon conspiracy on Twitter.
Jerry Falwell, Jr. told CBS News he is stepping down as president of Liberty University in the wake of salacious allegations. Jericka Duncan reports.
A group of young Black Lives Matters protesters harassed several white diners in Washington, DC on Monday night for not raising their fists in solidarity. One of the dramatic scenes, which has since... gone viral, was captured by Washington Post reporter Fredrick Kunkle and posted to Twitter. The video shows a crowd of young, mainly...
House Democrats say they will investigate Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision to speak at the Republican National Convention as a potential violation of policies against political activity in... office. Fred Fleitz is president and CEO of the Center for Secutiry and previously served as chief of staff for the National Security Council in the Trump administration. He joined CBSN's "Red and Blue" to discuss the controversy surrounding the speech.
President Trump on Tuesday pardoned bank robber Jon Ponder ahead of the reformed three-time felon’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Ponder, now a born-again prisoner rehabilitation... expert, appeared in a video from the White House Tuesday with Trump and Richard Beasley, the FBI agent who arrested him. He and Beasley are now best friends....
The Trump administration moved to cut off two dozen Chinese companies from the American market on Wednesday, saying they had contributed to China's controversial island-building campaign.
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris is calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act ahead of the November election. Sen. Harris (D-Calif.) made the congressional call... to action in an op-ed published Wednesday by the Washington Post, in which she marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which...
The first death linked to coronavirus since May occurred in Gaza on Wednesday after the territory went into a 48 hour lockdown.
Police in Belarus have detained over 50 people across the country during protests that demanded the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader
The United States and the UK are joining the EU in calling for an investigation into the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he’s... “deeply concerned” about the incident and that the US is “ready to assist” an investigation into the matter. “If these reports are proven...
The first lady, the final speaker of the second night of the Republican convention, delivered her address from the White House Rose Garden.
Beijing has accused the US of sending a U-2 spy plane into a no-fly zone to "trespass" on live-fire exercises being conducted by China below.
Claims that Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, is now the second-most powerful figure in North Korea and a potential successor to her brother are "exaggerated," a South Korean government... minister said -- contradicting assessments by other top officials in Seoul.
Convicted bank robber and founder and CEO of Hope for Prisoners, Inc. Jon Ponder was issued a full pardon by President Trump. CNN's Kaitlan Collins has the details.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a robust defense of President Donald Trump's foreign policy in an unprecedented speech at the Republican National Convention.
First lady Melania Trump on Tuesday urged voters to support her husband President Trump's re-election and offered words of comfort for coronavirus pandemic victims during an address from the Rose... Garden. "It has been inspiring to see what the people of our great nation will do for one another, especially when we are our most...
Hurricane Laura is expected to hit the coast of Texas and Louisiana near the anniversary of Harvey, one of the most disastrous storms the region has experienced.
Francois-Philippe Champagne and China's Wang Yi held 90 minutes of talks in Rome as ties between the two countries sour.
Several countries have called for a full investigation into the incident
"See, for me, abortion is real. I know what it sounds like; I know what abortion smells like. Did you know that abortion even had a smell?"
On the second night of the Republican National Convention, a member of the Trump campaign's advisory board named Mary Ann Mendoza was scheduled to speak. That same day, Mendoza tweeted that her... followers should read a thread containing ancient gutter anti-Semitism -- including crack-brained allegations that Jews were conspiring to make "The Goyim Destroy Each Other," and a recommendation to read the notorious anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. (The thread also contained repeated references to the QAnon conspiracy, suggesting this has become a pipeline to flagrant hatred of Jews.) Mendoza's speaking slot was canceled. Republicans were no doubt confused as to how someone who would endorse such a virulently anti-Semitic message managed to land a speaking slot at their...
British university secures gov't funding for potential vaccine based on genetic sequencing of all known coronaviruses.
President Trump's pardon of Jon Ponder, a convicted bank robber who founded a non-profit organization that helps formerly incarcerated citizens, during the Republican National Convention Tuesday night... received mixed reviews. On the one hand, observers noted that Ponder's story is a truly inspiring one that could go a long way with undecided voters. On the other hand, some viewers accused Trump of using Ponder's pardon as a "political prop." I’m going to go out on a limb and say no president has ever used his pardon power during a partisan political convention. Until now. — James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) August 26, 2020 But other analysts were puzzled by the RNC's messaging on crime in general. Ponder's pardon was meant to show the Trump administration's commitment to criminal justice...
Alaska’s Attorney General Kevin Clarkson resigned Tuesday shortly after details emerged about text messages the married conservative sent to a younger female state employee. "Kevin Clarkson has... admitted to conduct in the workplace that did not live up to our high expectations, and this is deeply disappointing," Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy said in a statement....