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Democrats’ ‘chilling’ letter demands cable providers account for ‘misinformation’ and ‘lies’ from ‘right-wing media outlets’ they carry

Two Democratic members of Congress penned letters Monday to a dozen cable providers demanding they account for “misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and lies” from “right-wing media outlets” they carry — and the networks specifically named were Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network.

What are the details?

The letters from U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both of California, were addressed to AT&T, Verizon, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Charter, Dish, Cox, Altice, Alphabet, and Hulu. The letters leveled numerous accusations against the aforementioned news networks, including that their coverage helped the “radicalization of seditious individuals who committed acts of insurrection on January 6” at the U.S. Capitol.

“Some purported news outlets have long been misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm,” the letters said. “Misinformation on TV has led to our current polluted information environment that radicalizes individuals to commit seditious acts and rejects public health best practices, among other issues in our public discourse.”

Citing “experts” who claim “the right-wing media ecosystem is ‘much more susceptible…to disinformation, lies, and half-truths,'” the letters said “right-wing media outlets” like Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN “all aired misinformation about the November 2020 elections.” The letters also accused the networks of “spreading misinformation related to the pandemic.”

What do the Democrats want?

Eshoo and McNerney demanded in their letters that cable providers explain “what moral or ethical principles (including those related to journalistic integrity, violence, medical information, and public health) do you apply in deciding which channels to carry or when to take adverse actions against a channel?”

The letters also asked the cable providers to detail what steps they’ve taken to “monitor, respond to, and reduce the spread of disinformation” from news networks they carry, as well as any punitive measures they’ve taken against such channels — and if they plan to carry networks like Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN once contracts expire.

The letters were penned ahead of a hearing set Wednesday — “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media” — to be hosted by a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on which Eshoo and McNerney sit, CNBC reported.

What was the reaction?

Fox News told CNBC in a statement that “as the most watched cable news channel throughout 2020, FOX News Media provided millions of Americans with in-depth reporting, breaking news coverage and clear opinion. For individual members of Congress to highlight political speech they do not like and demand cable distributors engage in viewpoint discrimination sets a terrible precedent.”

CNBC said Comcast declined to comment, and representatives for the other cable providers to which letters were addressed didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Republican Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr called the letters a “chilling transgression of the free speech rights that every media outlet in this country enjoys,” CBNC said, adding that Carr’s fellow Republican Commissioner Nathan Simington reacted similarly.

“The Majority is flirting with violating the First Amendment,” a GOP aide for the House Energy and Commerce Committee told CNBC in a statement. “Should the government be pressuring private industries to censor legally protected content and suppress the freedom of the press? No. If a free and independent press is still valued and mainstream in America, this censorship campaign should alarm every single journalist and member of the media.”

Haven’t we seen this movie before?

The Democrats’ letters mirror CNN’s assertion last month that cable providers should “face questions for lending their platforms to dishonest companies that profit off of disinformation and conspiracy theories” — and again the three named were Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN.

CNN’s Brian Stelter has been on the aforementioned warpath of late, specifically saying a few weeks back that “liar” Fox News’ influence must be reduced through a “harm reduction model” — which he said isn’t censorship. Later Stelter interviewed a Democratic congresswoman who called for a “truth commission” to root out “extremist ideology” so Americans can mouth a “common narrative.”

In his chat with freshman U.S. Rep. Sara Jacobs of California, Stelter decried the “impact of cellphones and this constant connectivity, social networks and far-right television networks” — all of which he said are “fueling a fire” of extremism.

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DC officer seen being crushed on video is recovering. Read the letter a 10-year-old wrote him.

A video went viral last week showing a Washington, D.C., police officer being crushed by a mob during last week’s siege of the Capitol building. According to the department, he is going to be all right — and has a special letter coming from a 10-year-old child during his ongoing recovery.

What are the details?

Following the Capitol attack on Jan. 6 by pro-Trump supporters that left at least five dead, including one U.S. Capitol Police officer, footage of what happened amid the chaos began floating around online.

One of the most heartbreaking clips showed an officer screaming in pain and bleeding from his mouth as he was pressed against a door while the mob pushed to gain entry into the building while yelling, “heave ho!”

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WTTG-TV reported Tuesday that the officer’s name is Daniel Hodges, and he is recovering and doing well.

Millions of Americans saw the footage of Hodges, and like many, 10-year-old Montana girl Emma Jablonski was brought to tears after watching it. So, she decided to pen Hodges a letter expressing her feelings and well wishes for the law enforcement officer.

It reads:

Dear Officer,

I’m Emma, and I’m 10 years old. I hope you heal from being crushed. I feel bad for you. Those people are really bad hurting you. I hope you and your family are nice and healthy. When I saw the video on CNN about people crushing you with a door, I almost cried. Get well.


Emma’s mother tweeted the letter to the D.C. Police Department for information on where to send it, and they replied directly. Mrs. Jablonski says Officer Hodges will be receiving an entire care package along with the letter.

Anything else?

As the House of Representatives debated Tuesday night, more details were revealed about the severity of injuries sustained by a few of the dozens of officers in last week’s Capitol attack.

The Hill’s Cristina Marcos reported that “the rioters tased officers and tried to shoot one with his own gun,” and “one officer will likely lose his eye.”

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Over 100 black male leaders sign letter saying Biden must pick a black female VP or he ‘will lose’

A group of more than 100 “black male leaders” from an array of fields signed their names to a letter saying that the black females who have been named as potential running mates to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have been mistreated, and warning that Biden “will lose” in November if he does not choose a black woman as his vice presidential pick.

What are the details?

In a letter published Monday in the Atlanta Daily World, the message begins, “As someone who has said throughout the campaign that VP Joe Biden needs to choose a Black woman VP, the urgency for that pick has gone from something that SHOULD happen to something that HAS to happen. It disgusts us that Black women are not just being vetted in this VP process but unfairly criticized and scrutinized.”

Hitting out at Biden, the letter continues, “Was Joe Biden ever labeled ‘too ambitious’ because he ran for president three times? Should President Obama not have made him the VP because he had to worry about his ‘loyalty’ when he clearly had AMBITIONS to be president himself?”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was the only potential pick named in the letter. Other black female Democrats who have been floated in the media as prospective vice presidential candidates include Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.), Rep. Val Demings (Fla.), and former national security adviser Susan Rice.

Biden is expected to announce his choice this week.

The letter also criticized Biden by listing a number of “oppressive measures” linked to him during his decades in the Senate, including the 1994 crime bill, before asking, “So, Black women are the only ones required to stay in their place and show remorse for even questioning their own oppression?”

“For too long Black women have been asked to do everything from rally the troops to risk their lives for the Democratic Party with no acknowledgment, no respect, no visibility, and certainly not enough support,” the letter added, noting that “more than 700 Black women signed on to a letter demanding a Black woman VP. And we, black men, stand in solidarity with them.”

It concluded, “Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election. We don’t want to choose between the lesser of two evils and we don’t want to vote the devil we know versus the devil we don’t because we are tired of voting for devils—period.”

The men came from entertainment, law, politics, media and beyond, including rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, CNN’s Van Jones, and attorney Ben Crump. It was also signed by television host Nick Cannon who came under fire for anti-Semitic comments in recent weeks, and radio host Charlamagne Tha God, whom Biden famously told earlier this year that “you ain’t black” if you’re considering voting for President Donald Trump.

Anything else?

Politico reported that “after news broke over the weekend that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a white woman, had flown to meet with Biden to discuss the vice presidency, frustration and disappointment boiled over among Black female Democrats — including some in her own state.”

Michigander Virgie Rollins, chair of the Democratic National Committee Black Caucus, told the outlet of Biden, “He better pick a black woman. If he picks Gretchen, he’ll lose Michigan.”

Rollins added, “There are a lot of Black people mad at her [Whitmer] in this state.”

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Hate hoax once again: Former county political candidate admits writing racist letter he claimed was left in his mailbox

A former commissioner candidate for Umatilla County, Oregon, admitted to police that he wrote a racist letter to himself that he had claimed was left in his mailbox, the
East Oregonian reported.

What are the details?

The outlet said Jonathan Lopez previously posted a photo of the typed letter to Facebook, stating he’d received the letter but held “no resentment for whomever wrote this.”

The letter — which he said he found June 23 — begins with “Mr. Lopez” and follows with racist statements such as, “Don’t waste your time trying to become anything in this county we will make sure you never win and your family suffers along with all the other f****** Mexicans in the area!” KEPR-TV reported.

The East Oregonian said the letter also contained homophobic and misogynist slurs. There were also subtle threats, such as “Umatilla County kills [redacted] like you and are dumped in the fields and river. That’s why our crops are the best!” The letter was signed, “Sincerely, America!”

Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston on Monday told the outlet that Lopez confessed verbally and in writing to writing the letter. Edmiston added to the East Oregonian that the case would be forwarded to the Umatilla County district attorney’s office for initiating a false report — a Class A misdemeanor in Oregon.

Edmiston told KEPR police had been conducting a criminal investigation for intimidation in the second degree until Lopez admitted to fabricating the letter.

“This investigation is particularly frustrating as we are in the midst of multiple major investigations while battling a resource shortage due to the current pandemic,” the chief told the East Oregonian. “The time spent on this fictitious claim means time lost on other matters, not to mention it needlessly adds to the incredible tension that exists in our nation today. As a lifelong resident of this diverse community, I’m disgusted someone would try to carelessly advance their personal ambitions at the risk of others.”

More from the outlet:

Edmiston said his department was also forwarding information to the district attorney’s office about possibly fraudulent statements in Lopez’s entry in the May 2020 voter’s guide about his background and education. Those claims were also reported in the East Oregonian leading up to the election.

Edmiston also alleged that HPD has learned that Lopez never served in the U.S. Coast Guard as stated, which would be a violation of the 2013 Stolen Valor Act. Lopez has not provided documentation to the East Oregonian to confirm his claim of Coast Guard service when asked.

Lopez ran for a seat on the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners during the May 2020 primary and placed fourth, the East Oregonian said, adding that he’s also a member of the city of Hermiston’s Hispanic Advisory Committee.

Lopez has removed his public Facebook profile, KEPR reported. His website,, also was down Wednesday.

Encore, encore!

As TheBlaze has extensively reported, hoaxes perpetrated to draw attention to social issues aren’t uncommon. In June a black man was charged with tagging the campus of Salisbury University in Maryland with racist graffiti five times between last October and February of this year, which authorities characterized as a “hate crime.” Here’s a look at 20 recent hate crime hoaxes.

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Commentary: Not all or even most liberals are enemies of America, but yesterday some of them proved that they are

As I get older, I hope I am getting better at realizing that most people who disagree with me are not evil and do not hate America. Almost no one wants the world to be a worse place or actively wishes their neighbors or their country harm.

I think some of their ideas are evil and would have the unintended consequence of harming themselves, their neighbors, and their country, but I think most people get politically involved because they care and want to make a positive difference, regardless of how misguided their ideas might be. I think overall it would be helpful and great if people would see their ideological opponents as good people with bad ideas.

I found some exceptions to that rule yesterday on Twitter during the truly incredible fracas over the amazingly benign letter a number of prominent liberal media types signed for Harper’s Magazine. The letter made the argument, which should be entirely non-controversial, that free speech is a valuable thing in American society and that the robust exchange of ideas should be encouraged, even when those ideas are contrary to current liberal orthodoxy.

The letter itself was full of generalities and platitudes, but sprinkled in some apparently highly controversial statements like, “We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters. But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought. More troubling still, institutional leaders, in a spirit of panicked damage control, are delivering hasty and disproportionate punishments instead of considered reforms.”

If you had slept through the last 10 years or so, you might think that these statements could not possibly generate controversy. Who, in America, would speak out publicly against the very idea that both sides of an issue deserve a public airing?

Enter some of the Vox colleagues of Matt Yglesias, who signed the letter. Apparently, Yglesias’ decision to sign such a letter was so disturbing to these individuals that they not only felt the need to tell him they disagreed with him, but they actually went public with what amounted to HR complaints against Yglesias for literally making them feel less safe in their workplace.

I am not kidding.

Now, the Harper’s letter is three paragraphs long. I have read it several times. It does not refer to transgenderism at all, even obliquely. In fact, there are no issues whatsoever in particular that are discussed. It doesn’t discuss abortion, taxes, spending, foreign policy, LGBTQ issues, or any specific issues of any kind. There are no dog whistles of any sort, unless you think that the concept of free speech is an anti-trans dog whistle.

I feel very strongly about some political issues that affect us in this day and age. I feel even more strongly that people who disagree with me should be allowed to say so without losing their freedom or their jobs. If people want to go on Twitter and say that we should raise taxes, drastically increase government spending, keep America locked down forever, or anything else I disagree with, then I encourage them to do so. I will disagree with them, but I believe in the benefit of allowing their beliefs to be aired. People who are on the fence should be able to choose.

And that also goes for my coworkers. I disagree with them, a lot. It is a daily occurrence that someone who works for this company says or does something in public that I don’t agree with. But as a grown adult, I understand that they don’t speak for me, that I am capable of speaking for myself, and the fact that I work with people who disagree with me about some things does not make me in any way less safe or valued as an employee.

Belief in the free exchange of ideas is perhaps the core concept of America. Our Founders enshrined the right to free speech in the Constitution to ensure that individuals would be free from harassment from their government for participating in that exchange of ideas.

Obviously, it’s a different animal when the pressure applied against speech is not exerted by government but rather by a mob of angry Twitterati. No one is suggesting that cancel culture should be illegal or that it should be illegal for businesses to fire people who are caught up in the midst of it. But its very existence is antithetical to the values that make America — or any free society, for that matter — great.

That also goes, by the way, for Yglesias’ painfully fragile coworkers. They’re entitled to publicly air an opinion, even if I consider it to be a fundamentally un-American one. Whether they keep their jobs or not is between them and their employer. I will say that I hope that if any action is taken against them, it isn’t because of the content of what they said, but rather because they chose to engage in grossly unprofessional behavior by essentially tweeting their HR complaints about a fellow employee for the whole world to see before the company had the chance to act on it.

A society that immediately hounds anyone who is guilty of wrongthink into perpetual unemployment cannot be said to value free speech, or even freedom itself, even if cancel culture isn’t or shouldn’t be illegal. The people who disagree with this don’t just disagree with my opinions about public policy, they disagree with one of the core values of a free society.

The people who signed the letter in Harper’s are, for the most part, people whom I disagree with about almost everything from a political standpoint, but they aren’t enemies of America. The people who are criticizing them, however, are.

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President Trump sends scathing letter to Illinois governor, Chicago mayor over violence in the city

President Donald Trump sent a searing letter to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) on Friday, calling on them to address the violent crime problem in the city of Chicago and lambasting them for not doing more to protect its citizens.

What are the details?

The president urged Pritzker and Lightfoot to take “action on the devastating violence in Chicago,” citing a Chicago Sun-Times article from June 8 titled “18 murders in 24 hours: Inside the most violent day in 60 years in Chicago.”

Trump listed a number of “horrors” recounted in the article — including the murders of a high school student and 3-year-old toddler — and wrote, “your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect. I am concerned it is another example of your lack of commitment to the vulnerable citizens who are victims of this violence and a lack of respect for the men and women in law enforcement.”

President Trump dedicated a lengthy paragraph naming programs totaling hundreds of millions of federal dollars sent to the city of Chicago in recent years, before reminding the mayor and governor of actions his administration has taken to address criminal justice reform and help low-income communities.

In closing, the president wrote:

Unlike previous Administrations of both parties, I am willing to tackle unresolved challenges. If you are willing to put partisanship aside, we can revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Chicago, together. But to succeed, you must establish law and order. The combination of crime, high State and local taxes, and onerous State and local regulations have caused thousands of Illinoisans to flee to other states. Between 2010 and 2019, Illinois lost more of its population than any other state in the nation. If you are interested, I am willing to ask members of my Cabinet to meet with you and help devise a plan to make Chicago safe, since a successful formula has escaped both you and your predecessors. My Administration would also welcome the opportunity to engage with you and your colleagues as you develop bipartisan policy recommendations to improve policing and make our great cities safer for all.

Unfortunately, you continue to put your own political interests ahead of the lives, safety, and fortunes of your own citizens. The people of Chicago deserve better.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Pritzker reacted to the president’s letter with a statement to the Sun-Times, saying, “President Trump is a failure who has once again resorted to a press stunt in an attempt to distract from his long list of failures, especially his response to the deadly coronavirus and nationwide calls for racial justice. The people of this state and this nation have unfortunately come to expect his unhinged attempts to politicize tragedy with his predictable and worn-out strategy to distract, distract, distract.”

Mayor Lightfoot responded on Twitter, writing, “I don’t need leadership lessons from Donald Trump. As our police officers, street outreach workers and residents continue to work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, he’s using the victims of gun violence in our city to score cheap political points, spew racist rhetoric, and ignore the impact of COVID across this country.”

She added, “It is despicable, disgusting and all too typical. Same old tired playbook. How about some leadership not steeped in the divide and conquer tactics? I stand with @GovPritzker in providing for the safety and well-being of our residents.”

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Richard Grenell shuts down Adam Schiff’s attempt to control intel staffing decisions

Acting Director of National Intelligence
Richard Grenell shut down House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) recent attempt to control the director’s staffing decisions, sending the congressman a letter reminding him of the separation between the legislative and executive branches of government.

What are the details?

Earlier this month, Schiff — who led the impeachment effort against President Donald Trump — wrote a letter to Grenell, a Trump loyalist, expressing his “concern” that Grenell was “pursuing organizational and personnel changes at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence without consulting and seeking authorization from Congress in a manner that undermines critical intelligence functions.”

Schiff expressed concern over the firing of former DNI inspector general Michael Atkinson, who delivered the whistleblower complaint to Congress that triggered the president’s impeachment.

According to Grenell, Schiff’s letter was obtained by the press before it even hit his desk. The DNI tweeted at the time, “These press leaks politicizing the intelligence community must stop.”

Grenell wrote Schiff a response on Monday, in a letter described by CBS News’s Catherine Herridge as “combative.”

The DNI began by thanking Schiff for his “suggestions for reforming the Office of the Director of National Intelligence,” before expressing his “surprise” that Schiff did not acknowledge “the historic appointment of the first female Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.”

“Instead,” Grenell wrote, “You expressed concerns regarding the retirement of the former male Director.”

Grenell went to on tell Schiff, “I must disagree with your proposals to divest the DNI of managerial competence and personnel decision-making authority, and to replace your committee’s mandate for Intelligence Community oversight with a mandate for IC administration.”

He explained, “Career IC officials have conducted four studies in the last two years calling for reforms at the ODNI, and the career officials are eager to implement the recommendations. It is my duty to listen to these ODNI career employees who have ideas on how to improve the work we do for the American people.”

“Going forward,” Grenell suggested to Schiff, “I encourage you to think of the relationship between your committee and the IC as that between the legislative and executive branches of government, rather than that between a hedge fund and a distressed asset, as your letter suggests.”

Grenell closed his letter by taking a hit at Schiff for being the sole signatory on the letter he sent representing his committee, telling the chairman, “Lastly, I strongly agree with your statement of a bipartisan legislative commitment to the IC. I would hope to see this commitment reflected on the signature line of your future letters.”

How did Schiff react?

According to Politico, Schiff issued a statement on Tuesday in reaction to Grenell’s letter, saying:

In his letter, Acting Director Grenell did not respond in any way to our oversight requests regarding the decision to fire the IC IG, sudden staffing changes at the NCTC, and his pursuit of structural and personnel changes at the ODNI without the approval of Congress.

And the Acting Director failed to respond to important questions about whether [DNI inspector general Michael Atkinson] was investigating matters that may go uninvestigated as a result of his firing by Trump. The simple fact he was not willing to respond to a reasonable request form his agency’s oversight committee raises new basis for our concerns, particularly given this Administration’s history of covering up blatant misconduct.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence owes us, and the Senate as well, answers to these questions. We remain ready to work with ODNI to ensure compliance with our oversight requests, consistent with its legal obligation to keep the Committee fully and currently informed of its activities.

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Navy removes captain of coronavirus-plagued carrier who wrote letter pleading for help

The U.S. Navy has removed Capt. Brett Crozier from his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, after the media obtained a letter he wrote begging for help for sailors amid a spreading COVID-19 outbreak on the aircraft carrier.

What are the details?

Last week, the ship was forced to dock in Guam with its roughly 4,800 crew members on board after roughly 100 tested positive for coronavirus. On Monday, Capt. Crozier sent a letter to senior military officials, pleading for help and pushing for a coordinated effort to remove most of the crew from the ship, warning that “the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating.”

“This will require a political solution but it is the right thing to do,” Crozier wrote. “We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors.”

The letter was obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, and quickly made headlines in the U.S. and around the world.

On Thursday, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced Capt. Crozier had been removed from command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

“I don’t know who leaked the letter to the media,” Sec. Modly said during a briefing. “That would be something that would violate the principles of good order and discipline, if he were responsible for that. But I don’t know that.”

The Washington Post reported that “the Navy removed (Capt. Crozier) after becoming increasingly convinced that he was involved in leaking the letter to the media to force the service to address his concerns,” according to Navy officials. NBC News, also citing unnamed officials, reported that “the official reason for Crozier’s relief of duty is a loss of trust and confidence.”

While the secretary did not rule out disciplinary action, Capt. Crozier will keep his rank and remain in the Navy.

The Hill reported that after Crozier’s letter went public, “Navy officials announced they would offload 2,700 sailors by Friday.” More than 1,000 people had been removed from the ship as of Wednesday.

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Trump administration to publish social distancing guidelines for counties according to risk

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his administration will roll out social distancing guidelines for state and local governments by categorizing counties according to their level of risk amid the coronavirus pandemic, in order to assist officials “in making decision about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures.”

What are the details?

In a letter to the nation’s governors, the president wrote, ‘As we enhance protections against the virus, Americans across the country are hoping the day will soon arrive when they can resume their normal economic, social, and religious lives.”

“If furtherance of this shared goal,” President Trump continued, “my Administration is working to publish new guidelines for State and local policymakers to use in making decision about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place.”

The president explained that this initiative can be achieved through the increased COVID-19 testing across the nation, providing data allowing the federal government to classify counties “with respect to continued risks posed by the virus” as the spread of the disease is monitored.

“Under these data-driven criteria,” the president added, “we will suggest guidelines categorizing counties as high-risk, medium-risk, or low-risk.”

Anything else?

During a conference call with governors on Thursday, the president “stressed the need to reopen businesses and to recognize regional differences in the virus’ impact,” The Washington Post reported.

According to audio of the call obtained by The Associated Press, President Trump told state leaders, “We all have to get smart. We have to open our country, I’m sorry.”

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Over 200 Native Americans send letter to Elizabeth Warren demanding she retract false heritage claims

Over 200 Cherokee and other Native Americans have signed onto an open letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) calling on the presidential candidate to incontrovertibly retract previous claims she made of having Native American heritage.

“Your history of false claims to American Indian identity and the defense of these claims with a highly publicized DNA test continue to dog your political career,” the letter reads. “For Native Americans, this moment is more than an annoyance; it represents the most public debate about our identity in a generation.”

The letter then urges Warren to move past lip-service and start undoing some of the damage she has done.

“You have yet to fully address the harm you have caused,” the letter continues. “While your apologies are a step in the right direction, they have been vague and inadequate. Accountability is not just admitting you made a mistake, but working to correct the harm it caused.”

The letter, organized by Cherokee Nation citizens Joseph M. Pierce, Daniel Heath Justice, Rebecca Nagle, and Twila Barnes, cites a Los Angeles Times, also cites a Los Angeles Times report to prove that Warren has normalized the dangerous trend of white people claiming to be Native American. The report details how $800 million in federal contracts reserved for minorities have been falsely given to fake “tribes” in recent years.

For decades, Warren has claimed that her family heritage included Cherokee ancestry. According to the Hill, she once claimed she was “American Indian” while registering for the state bar of Texas. Then, after sparring over her heritage claims with President Trump — who unaffectionately refers to the senator as “Pocahontas” — Warren released a report indicating that she could be as much as 1/64th Native American, or as little as 1/1,024th.

Needless to say, the report did nothing to help her case.

On Tuesday, Warren responded to the letter by penning a 12-page response letter to the Cherokee Nation and others apologizing for her past claims, but the group of Native Americans was reportedly not satisfied.

One of the original letter’s organizers took to Twitter to say that an apology is not what they wanted, but a complete disavowal along with efforts to improve the situation for Native Americans in the country.