After four hours, police released a statement that the shooter was streaming messages on Snapchat during the standoff that began at about 4:30 p.m. EST Wednesday.
According to federal law enforcement officers, they have asked Snapchat to shut down the posts. Snapchat outage maps show that Philadelphia is experiencing a large outage in the area.
#BREAKING: Federal law enforcement source: Suspect was posting on Snapchat while shooting at officers in Philadelphia, social network has been asked to disable access to these posts.
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) August 15, 2019
Maybe happened already pic.twitter.com/IorbCdyhcP
— Ryan Northover (@RyanNorthover) August 15, 2019
CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz noted that the shooter had clearly assembled an arsenal because he continued to fire on officers for over three hours.
We are just about 3 hours into this now. This is frightening. Seems this shooter was well prepared. https://t.co/JLfjLqeQT0
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) August 14, 2019
What kind of arsenal did this guy amass to keep up a firefight with the entire Philadelphia PD for three hours and counting? https://t.co/m1LmLeZem5
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 14, 2019
A press briefing by police explained that they have attempted to call the man and are concerned that there are others inside the home. The officer wouldn’t elaborate on that, however.
A male shooter “continues to fire rounds out of the window,” as authorities attempt to speak with him, “trying to let him know he can end this peacefully now,” says Philadelphia police commissioner of active standoff https://t.co/0Z5DJDEsnH pic.twitter.com/Tc2CJvIqvd
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 15, 2019
GOP strategist who wrote party’s 2012 autopsy says she hopes the party loses this year
Former Republican strategist Sally Bradshaw, who wrote the GOP's so-called "autopsy" after its 2012 election losses, is hoping the party comes crashing down in defeat this fall.
In an email to NPR, Bradshaw conceded that the 2012 election postmortem was "obviously a failure," given that President Donald Trump had taken over the party in 2016 by explicitly ignoring its recommendations about taking a more inclusive approach to immigration reform.
However, she also seemed to think that the GOP's bill for not becoming a more inclusive party had finally come due given its failures to govern through a deadly pandemic that so far has claimed the lives of 137,000 Americans with no end in sight.
Brutal video targeting moms hits Trump for trying to hurt their children by returning to school in pandemic
President Donald Trump and Education Sec. Betsy DeVos announced this month that schools must reopen regardless of the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Republican leaders have maintained that not being in school is so detrimental to the development of children that parents must risk their lives and the lives of their families, teachers, principals, and other school administration members.
Author Don Winslow posted a video directed at mothers recalling all of the great moments in a child's development from their first words to their first steps and their first days of school.
"Now Donald Trump wants you to abandon your most primal and powerful motherly instinct to protect your child," the video says. "Trump and Betsy DeVos have said children don't get Coronavirus. Tell that to the families of these children who all died from Coronavirus."
The pandemic has exposed a disturbing fact about who the government helps most
In January 2020, the NASDAQ stock market’s index stood just under 10,000. In the March crash, it fell to 7,000. As of July 10, 2020, it hit 10,600. The U.S. government’s economic policies produced a “recovery” for the rich who own the vast bulk of stocks. Their holdings are worth more now than before COVID-19 hit us. The other major benchmarks for securities, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard and Poor 500, show similarly dramatic, slightly smaller recoveries.
Massive government economic intervention—what most of its current beneficiaries have always denounced—subsidized those recoveries. The Federal Reserve pumped unprecedented amounts of new money into the U.S. economy after mid-March. That money poured into the stock market and fueled its rise. The U.S. Treasury provided unprecedented direct cash supports to much of corporate America.