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Trump holds rally in Wisconsin, thousands attend
Trump holds rally in Wisconsin, thousands attend
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Thousands of supporters attended President Donald Trump's rally in Janesville, Wisconsin on Saturday, despite the state's recent surge in Covid-19 cases.

"We’re doing great, we’re doing really well. I wish you’d have a Republican governor because frankly, you got to open your state up. You got to open it up," the President told the crowd. "We’re rounding the corner. We have unbelievable vaccines coming out real soon."

Health
US reports 70,000 new Covid-19 cases in one day, highest single-day increase since July

According to the New York Times data, the United States have recorded over 70,450 new Covid-19 cases in one single day, the highest single-day increase since July 24. Among the states that set a single-day case record are Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

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Polls: Biden leads leads Trump 54% to 43%
Polls: Biden leads leads Trump 54% to 43%
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In the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, the former vice president Joe Biden leads Donald Trump 54% to 43% among likely voters. It's the highest difference between both candidates since this poll began testing the Biden-Trump matchup in February.

In 2016, Donald Trump had 46% of the votes nationally but clinched a victory in key states in the Electoral College. The current poll shows Biden ahead in several key states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin third GOP senator to test positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours
Senator Ron Johnson
Senator Ron Johnson Credit: Office of Senator Ron Johnson (Public Domain)

Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is the third senator who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. On Friday, Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina both tested positive for Covid-19 after having attended the White House event on Saturday.

"Senator Johnson was exposed to someone who tested positive for covid-19 on Sept. 14. He stayed in quarantine for 14 days without developing symptoms and tested negative twice during that time. He returned to Washington on Sept. 29 and shortly after was exposed to an individual who has since tested positive. After learning of this exposure, the senator was tested yesterday afternoon. This test came back positive," so his spokesman Ben Voelkel.

Johnson "feels healthy and is not experiencing symptoms" and will self-quarantine.

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Kamala Harris met with Jacob Blake in Wisconsin
Kamala Harris at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People
Kamala Harris at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

During her first solo and in-person campaign trip as Democratic vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris met with Jacob Blake's family and legal team in Wisconsin on Monday, while Blake himself joined the meeting by phone. Harris voiced her support and express her concern for their "well-being and of course for their brother and son's well-being."

"I mean, they're an incredible family. And what they've endured, and they just do it with such dignity and grace. And you know, they're carrying the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders," so Harris.

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Jacob Blake releases video message from hospital bed
Jacob Blake releases video message from hospital bed
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Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer, released a video message from his hospital bed. The video was posted by @money_mike_la on Instagram and shared publicly by Ben Crump, Blake's attorney, on Twitter.

"I just wanna say [...] there's a lot more life to live out there. Your life, and not only just your life, your legs – something that you need to move around and forward in life – can be taken from you like this, man," he said snapping his fingers.

"Twenty-four hours, every 24 hours it's pain, it's nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side-to-side, it hurts to eat," Blake continues. "Please, I'm telling you, change your lives out there. We can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out there, man, because there's so much time that's been wasted."

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Trump's Kenosha Visit: President doesn't address systemic racism

When asked whether systemic racism is a problem in the United States during his trip to Kenosha on Tuesday, President Trump refused to answer the question directly and instead focussed on "violence we've seen in Portland and here and other places."

"The fact is that we've seen tremendous violence and we will put it out very, very quickly if given the chance," so Trump.

Addressing whether there is a need for structural change to the law enforcement, he said: "Well I think the people are calling for structural change. And then you take the people of Kenosha that aren't here and that you won't see and that aren't protesting, but they want change also. They want to see law and order. That's the change they want. They want the police to be police."

"They want people that are going to keep them safe, where their houses aren't broken into. Where they're not raped and murdered. That's what they want. And they're protesters, too, but they don't walk down the street... so, you know, just the way it is," he added.

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Trump feels "terribly for anybody who goes through that", when asked about Jacob Blake's family
President Trump Travels to Wisconsin, Sep 1, 2020
President Trump Travels to Wisconsin, Sep 1, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

During President Trump's visit to Kenosha, he addressed the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by a police officer.

"I feel terribly for anybody that goes through that. As you know, it's under investigation," Trump said. "I hope they come up with the right answer. It's a complicated subject, to be honest with you. But I feel terribly for anybody who has to go through -- and I didn't get to speak to the mother, I hear she's a fine woman. I hear from the pastor, a really fine woman. But you can see when I spoke with the pastors, I see exactly what it is and they understand where I am. And if we can help we're going to help but it is a question. It's under investigation. A lot of things happened with that and other things, frankly, that we're looking at very, very closely."

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Mayor says it would be better if Trump postponed Kenosha visit

After the White House announced Trump would visit Kenosha on Tuesday to survey the damage caused by last week's protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake, Mayor John Antaramian (D) said: "from our perspective, our preference would have been for him not to be coming at this point in time."

"All presidents are always welcome and campaign issues are always going on. But it would have been, I think, better had he waited to have for another time to come." Antaramian added.

Antaramian further stated that the city supports peaceful protests and that the people had "every right to protest," and added that "our biggest problem really did come from people coming from outside the area and causing a great deal of damage and destruction."

Technology • Internet & Web
Mark Zuckerberg says Kenosha Guard rulings were ‘an operational mistake’
Mark Zuckerberg says Kenosha Guard rulings were ‘an operational mistake’
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In a companywide meeting on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg addressed the recent shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, both in a seven-minute public address and in a heated series of questions from employees.

In the wake of the shooting, Facebook has been criticized for allowing self-proclaimed militia groups to organize on the platform, including a group called the Kenosha Guard, which had solicited armed attendees for an event on the night of the protest. Several Facebook users reported the event as likely to result in violence in the hours before the shooting, only to be told by Facebook moderators that the group and event were not violating Facebook policy.

“It was largely an operational mistake,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s because the team that enforces our policy against dangerous organizations is a specialized team that is trained to look for symbolism and innuendo ... and understand the details of how certain militias and conspiracy networks operate. The contractors and reviewers who the initial complaints were funneled to didn’t pick this up. On second review, doing it more sensitively, the team responsible for dangerous organizations recognized that this violated the policies and we took it down.”

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Kenosha shooting leaves 2 dead, 1 injured during Jacob Blake protests

Two people have died, and another person was seriously injured in a shooting after protests erupted into violence for a third night in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

A 17-year-old Illinois resident connected to the shooting was taken into custody Wednesday morning, according to police in Antioch, Illinois.

Jacob Blake's shooting by police in Kenosha on Sunday has ignited fresh protests against police brutality and racial injustice in a number of cities across the country

Sports • Basketball
Black Lives Matter: Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott game 5 against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
Black Lives Matter: Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott game 5 against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
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The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Wednesday NBA playoff game five against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was shot seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and is paralysed.

Bucks player George Hill told The Undefeated: "We're tired of the killings and the injustice."

Some NBA players didn't want to resume the season after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. They decided to play, but with most players kneeling during the National Anthem and wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts during pregame warmups.

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Donald Trump says he will "win four more years" and "after that we'll go for another four years"

The president of the United States Donald Trump has stated that he is "going to win four more years" at a speech in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Following "four more years" chants from the crowd he then added "after that we'll go for another four years, because they spied on my campaign. We should get a redo of four years".

The United States has a limit of two terms per president as stated in the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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Joe Biden will not travel to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
Joe Biden will not travel to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
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Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday Joe Biden would not travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to accept the Democratic presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Biden will accept his nomination virtually from his home state of Delaware, and the other scheduled speakers will also address the convention remotely. The DNC announcement, in effect, makes the event all-virtual.

Biden told attendees of a virtual fundraiser Wednesday afternoon that he felt the move was "the right thing to do."

Sports • Golf
2020 Ryder Cup postponed to September 2021
Phil Mickelson during Ryder Cup 2018
Phil Mickelson during Ryder Cup 2018 Credit: Franck BITON (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Ryder Cup was postponed until 2021 in Wisconsin due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After weeks of discussions between the PGA of America, the European Tour and the PGA Tour the event, scheduled for September 25-27 at Whistling Straits had to be moved to September 24-26 in 2021.

The next Ryder Cup to be held in Europe has also been moved by a year to 2023 in Rome.

That is the second time in the last two decades the Ryder Cup was postponed, the first time was in 2001, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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New poll shows Biden ahead of Trump in Wisconsin

A new poll finds probable Democrat nominee Joe Biden with a 46% to 43% lead over President Donald Trump in the state of Wisconsin.

The poll was conducted by the Marquette Law School between May 3 to May 7.

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Supreme Court in Wisconsin overturns state's order to stay at home

The directive for people to stay at home during the Covid-19 pandemic was overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court with 4-3 votes. The court called the Emergency Order 28 a "vast seizure of power" in the official ruling, while supreme court judge Rebecca Dallet, who voted against the ruling stated that the "decision will undoubtedly go down as one of the most blatant examples of judicial activism in this court's history" as the governor Tony Evers is now forced to find a compromise together with the Republican Party.