Beijing (AFP) - Beijing has banned "uncivilised" behaviour such as not covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, the city government said Sunday, in a new set of regulations to improve public hygiene amid the coronavirus outbreak.The laws aim to promote "civilised behaviour" and relate to combating the pandemic which has infected more than 82,000 in China alone.Rulebreakers will be slapped with fines for offences including not wearing a mask in public when ill, the municipal government said on its website.The laws also require public places to set up one metre distance markers and...
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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that the Columbus, Ohio police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Ma'khia Bryant appears to be a "military-trained marksman," as well as the son of the police department's basic training sergeant.
"Social-media posts and news reports indicate that the officer who fired at the Black teen, identified by authorities on Wednesday as Nicholas Reardon, is a U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman who received expert marksman training with an M4 Carbine," reported Pilar Melendez, Chris Bournea, and William Bredderman. "A graduate of Bishop Watterson Catholic school in Columbus, where he was a member of the wrestling team, his alma mater posted periodic updates on his progress through basic training."
"A Twitter account and associated Instagram belonging to Reardon are no longer available to view. However, several accounts tweeted at his handle on his birthday, which matches that of a Nicholas E. Reardon from the nearby suburb of Sunbury, who Franklin County court records show was charged with a traffic offense in 2015," continued the report. "Reardon appears to be the son of retired Sergeant Edward 'Ted' Reardon, a 32-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police. The elder Reardon, also an Air Force veteran, was honored at an Ohio State football game in 2019, where the announcer noted he was the basic training sergeant at the Columbus Police Academy."
Many details of the shooting, which occurred just 30 minutes before a Minneapolis jury handed down a murder conviction against the officer who killed George Floyd, are unclear.
The police department has released footage indicating Bryant was holding a knife and winding up to stab someone in a confrontation — which they say is a situation that training dictates can be stopped with deadly force if necessary.
Democratic Congressman says the GOP is officially taking its cues and its money from Marjorie Taylor Greene now
MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace addressed the sad inability for the Republican Party to govern effectively because they have to balance fake battles to appease the far-right with bipartisan negotiation.
In one segment with Wallace, Politico reporter Eugene Daniels explained that President Joe Biden is genuinely trying to be bipartisan while holding meetings with Republicans, but in public, they say one thing for the cameras while they're saying another to Biden.
It's a problem that Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) said he sees firsthand while attempting to govern. He and Wallace referenced a tweet that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) posted calling Black Lives Matter the most powerful "domestic terrorist group in the United States." Republicans have dutifully fallen in line behind her.
"The point is whether voices like Marjorie Taylor Greene's are driving the decision-making in the Republican caucus, and there's proof that they are," he explained, recalling the 199 Republicans who supported keeping her on the Education Committee. "They had a chance to do the right thing, right? They just took $175,000 from her because she's raisings all the money. So, the point is they are taking their cue from Marjorie Taylor Greene, taking their money from Marjorie Taylor Greene. That's the difference between trying to say there's a person saying crazy things and a whole political caucus, one major political party going down the dark roads of racism and white supplement sit and conspiracy theories and all the things we now know she promotes."
Wallace agreed, noting that people could simply say they're "crazy" and that they can have their 8:00 p.m. Fox News talk hour, "but they're legislating at a really fast pace. We've covered for weeks the voter suppression laws, 108 of them in total. We've been talking today about laws to criminalize protests when all the violence really was on the right-wing extremists, and 97.7 of the Black Lives Matter protests were peaceful. It's no longer about dismantling the lies to you and your colleagues, you have to slow and stop the policymaking in response to the lies. How do you do that?"
The congressman noted that the one positive is that Democrats have the ability to govern while Republicans have collapsed on their fainting couches.
"While they seek to divide Americans, we are delivering for Americans, we are putting checks in people's pockets, shots in people's arms, hundreds of billions going to middle-class families trying to pay health insurance premiums, trying to put food on the table, keep their small business afloat," said Maloney. "We have to combat the other side's efforts to engage in gerrymandering in this desperate hope that their extremism can still cobble together a majority in the house. I think one more point, we should not deceive ourselves that the politics of this can be difficult. We are the party of John Lewis, right? We know that when we start to march across one of these bridges on the road to civil rights, there can be people on the other side with barking dogs and fire hoses and billy clubs. It's our job not to just walk blindly into that violence, but to understand the risks and to be smart about it so that we prevail and maintain the capacity to keep doing these good things we're doing for the American people."
Daniels asked Maloney if he and other Democrats would be willing to outright expel Greene, and the congressman confessed that he would be curious in talking about it. However, "I'm not going to take Kevin McCarthy off the hook." He also said that he thinks it's an issue for her district, why they'd want a member of Congress who has no power to help them.
"If there was a member on our side, there would be consequences. Let's remember, in the past they did discipline members like Steve King, so what has changed?" asked Maloney. "Why do they embrace a woman like Marjorie Taylor Greene, when they gave more criticism and more grief to someone like Liz Cheney, who committed the sin of saying the insurrection was wrong and Donald Trump had something to do with it. I don't want to let them off the hook. I think they should take responsibility for this."
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On Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr resigned his chairmanship of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), citing a "difference of opinion" over a robocall the group sent out promoting the "stop the steal" conspiracy theory.
"Carr, Georgia's GOP attorney general and a potential U.S. Senate candidate, wrote in a letter last week that he was quitting as the leader of the Republican Attorneys General Association because of an irreconcilable rift over the organization's direction," reported Greg Bluestein. "His letter cited the departure of the group's executive director, Adam Piper, who resigned shortly after it was revealed that RAGA's policy arm paid for robocalls urging supporters of then-President Donald Trump to march on the Capitol to press for overturning the outcome the election the day of the riot."
In the letter, Carr wrote, "The fundamental difference of opinion began with vastly opposite views of the significance of the events of January 6 and the resistance by some to accepting the resignation of the executive director. The differences have continued as we have tried to restore RAGA's reputation internally and externally and were reflected once again during the process of choosing the next executive director."
The Capitol riot, which has led to scores of arrests and resulted in multiple deaths, was preceded by a rally headlined by multiple elected allies of Trump, including sitting members of Congress like Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks.
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