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Police fatally shoot Mississauga man during mental-health call – The Globe and Mail

June 21st, 2020

Hashim Choudhary addresses the media in front of the apartment building where his uncle, Ejaz Choudry, was shot by Peel Police and died at the scene the previous night, in Mississauga, Ont., June 21, 2020.

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Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after a Peel Regional Police officer shot and killed a 62-year-old man with schizophrenia whose family had called a non-emergency line hoping he would be taken to hospital and helped through a mental-health crisis.

Ejaz Choudry, a father of four, died Saturday night after police burst through a door on his second-floor balcony and into the apartment where he was alone, armed with a knife and suffering a mental breakdown, according to his extended family.

“He wasn’t a danger to anyone else. He was by himself in his home where he felt safe,” said Hassan Choudhary, one of Mr. Choudry’s nephews. “He can’t think straight, he’s schizophrenic, and [police] are going and killing him because he’s going to kill himself? Where’s the logic in that?”

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Mr. Choudhary spoke at a news conference on Sunday outside his uncle’s apartment in Mississauga’s Malton neighbourhood, west of Toronto, where about 40 family and friends gathered to call for a public inquiry into the shooting. Some waved signs demanding “Justice for Ejaz” – an echo of the banners carried at recent protests against police brutality and anti-Black racism in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Mr. Choudry was shot amid a barrage of calls for police reform following the slaying of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and after the police-involved deaths of several Canadians during what were supposed to be checks on their mental well-being.

Rodney Levi, 48, and Chantel Moore, 26, both Indigenous people, were shot by RCMP officers in New Brunswick in separate incidents this month. Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old Black woman, fell from a 24th-floor balcony in Toronto while in the company of police who had been called to help her with a mental-health crisis at the end of May.

Their stories have all contributed to calls in Toronto and across North America to defund police departments – or to at least cut their budgets and redirect the money to social workers and experts in defusing mental-health crises.

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which steps in whenever a police officer is involved in a death or serious injury, said the incident that led to Mr. Choudry’s death began just after 5 p.m. on Saturday when Peel Regional Police officers visited an apartment at 3425 Morningstar Dr. to “check on the well-being of a man.”

“The man barricaded himself inside the unit, and for a period officers were able to communicate with the man,” the SIU said in a statement Sunday morning. “Shortly after communication stopped, officers breached the door and entered the unit. An interaction occurred which included officers deploying a conducted energy weapon at the man, as well as firing plastic projectiles from an [anti-riot weapon]. When these had no effect, an officer discharged a firearm and the man was struck.”

The SIU is investigating one subject officer and nine witness officers. It has obtained video footage related to the case, according to the Sunday statement.

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Part of the incident that led to Mr. Choudry’s death was apparently captured in a 19-second clip posted to social media on the weekend. The Globe and Mail could not immediately confirm the veracity of the video, which showed three police officers on a second-floor balcony with weapons raised, yelling, “Police! Put down the knife! Put it down!” Five shots ring out before the officers enter the apartment through the open balcony door; two more shots can be heard afterward.

Khizar Shahzad, another of Mr. Choudry’s nephews, said he arrived at the apartment building around 7 p.m. Saturday, hoping to help calm his uncle, an immigrant from Pakistan who spoke no English and had struggled for years with schizophrenia.

Mr. Shahzad said that a few hours earlier the victim’s daughter had called a non-emergency crisis line, not the police, because Mr. Choudry was suffering a breakdown and needed to be taken to the hospital to be given medication.

Mr. Choudry’s wife and his children, who range from the ages of 7 to 18, were cleared out of the apartment, Mr. Shahzad said. When the team that responded first – Mr. Shahzad believed they were paramedics – realized Mr. Choudry had a knife, the initial responders called police.

Mr. Shahzad said he pleaded with officers on the scene to allow someone from the family to go upstairs and try to speak to Mr. Choudry. The officers rebuffed him, Mr. Shahzad said, after which he went upstairs to find four officers trying to break down the door to his uncle’s unit. “While they were doing that, me and my brother were yelling, ‘Don’t hurt him!’ Because he’s so frail that even a tackle, I was afraid, was going to kill him.”

Mr. Choudhary, the nephew, said he was stunned to learn later, on Twitter, that police had entered through the balcony door and shot his uncle to death.

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“Where’s the assistance that would help him in this kind of situation? A cop doesn’t have that kind of training,” he said.

Peel police have been responding to a rising number of calls for assistance during mental-health crises. In 2019, officers responded to 6,360 such calls, compared with 5,090 in 2016, a 25-per-cent increase. As of May this year, the region has responded to 2,309 mental-health calls, according to data provided by police on June 15.

Peel police also responded to 2,279 attempt-suicide help requests between 2016 and May, 2020, with 326 people dying by suicide during a call.

With reports from Vjosa Isai and Greg McArthur

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Epic removed police cars from ‘Fortnite’ – Engadget

June 21st, 2020

L.A. County reports 1,784 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths – KTLA Los Angeles

June 21st, 2020

Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 1,784 new cases of the coronavirus and 11 related deaths.

The county now has recorded more than 83,000 cases of the virus and over 3,120 deaths.

The continued rise in new cases came amid the first weekend of more businesses sectors reopening, as bars, card rooms and some personal care services were given the green light to resume operations Friday, provided they take certain precautions.

They include ensuring that customers practice physical distancing and wear face coverings.

“These are the actions that allow us to continue our recovery journey, and these actions will be essential to ensure that we don’t overwhelm our healthcare system and see increased numbers of deaths from COVID-19,” Barbara Ferrer, the county health director, said Sunday in a statement.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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On eve of WWDC, Apple’s app developers are not happy – PhoneArena

June 21st, 2020

Mexico to resume sending farm workers to Canada after COVID-19 safety agreement – CBC.ca

June 21st, 2020

Mexico will resume sending temporary farm workers to Canada after the two countries reached an agreement on improved safety protections for labourers on Canadian farms during the coronavirus pandemic, the Mexican government said on Sunday.

Mexico said last Tuesday it would pause sending workers to farms with coronavirus infections after Mexican nationals died from COVID-19 after outbreaks on 17 Canadian farms.

The announcement came as health officials in southern Ontario on Sunday confirmed a third migrant worker from Mexico had died.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit said that the worker was with Scotlynn Group — a large-scale farming operation in Vittoria, Ont. — that currently has 217 positive cases involving migrant workers and farm employees.

Canadian farmers rely on 60,000 short-term foreign workers, predominantly from Latin America and the Caribbean, to plant and harvest crops.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Temporary Agricultural Workers Program (PTAT) had “entered into operation once again after a temporary pause.”

The two nations “reached an agreement to improve the sanitary conditions of the nationals who work on farms,” the statement added.

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Designed to show strength, Trump’s Tulsa rally highlighted vulnerabilities instead – Globalnews.ca

June 21st, 2020

President Donald Trump‘s return to the campaign trail was designed to show strength and enthusiasm heading into the critical final months before an election that will decide whether he remains in the White House.

Instead, his weekend rally in Oklahoma highlighted growing vulnerabilities and crystallized a divisive reelection message that largely ignores broad swaths of voters — independents, suburban women and people of colour — who could play a crucial role in choosing Trump or Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

The lower-than-expected turnout at the comeback rally, in particular, left Trump fuming.

2:02TikTok users say they helped sabotage Trump’s Tulsa rally

TikTok users say they helped sabotage Trump’s Tulsa rally

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“There’s really only one strategy left for him, and that is to propel that rage and anger and try to split the society and see if he can have a tribal leadership win here,” former Trump adviser-turned-critic Anthony Scaramucci said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

The president did not offer even a token reference to national unity in remarks that spanned more than an hour and 40 minutes at his self-described campaign relaunch as the nation grappled with surging coronavirus infections, the worst unemployment since the Great Depression and sweeping civil unrest.

Nor did Trump mention George Floyd, the African American man whose death at the hands of Minnesota police late last month sparked a national uprising over police brutality. But he did add new fuel to the nation’s culture wars, defending Confederate statues while making racist references to the coronavirus, which originated in China and which he called “kung flu.” He also said Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee as a child, whom he said “would like to make the government of our country just like the country from where she came, Somalia.”

Trump won the presidency in 2016 with a similar red-meat message aimed largely at energizing conservatives and white working-class men. But less than four months before early voting begins in some states, there are signs that independents and educated voters — particularly suburban women — have turned against him. Republican strategists increasingly believe that only a dramatic turnaround in the economy can revive his reelection aspirations.

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2:13Coronavirus: Trump says he wanted to ‘slow the testing down’ for COVID-19

Coronavirus: Trump says he wanted to ‘slow the testing down’ for COVID-19

“It’s bad,” said Republican operative Rick Tyler, a frequent Trump critic. “There’s literally nothing to run on. The only thing he can say is that Biden is worse.”

But the day after Trump’s Tulsa rally, the president’s message was almost an afterthought as aides tried to explain away a smaller-than-expected crowd that left the president outraged.

The campaign had been betting big on Tulsa.

Trump’s political team spent days proclaiming that more than 1 million people had requested tickets. They also ignored health warnings from the White House coronavirus task force and Oklahoma officials, eager to host an event that would help him move past the civil rights protests and the coronavirus itself.

READ MORE: 6 Trump campaign staffers test positive for coronavirus ahead of Tulsa rally

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His first rally in 110 days was meant to be a defiant display of political force to help energize Trump’s spirits, try out some attacks on Biden and serve as a powerful symbol of American’s re-opening.

Instead, the city fire marshal’s office reported a crowd of just less than 6,200 in the 19,000-seat BOK Center, and at least six staff members who helped set up the event tested positive for the coronavirus. The vast majority of the attendees, including Trump, did not wear face masks as recommended by the Trump administration’s health experts.

After the rally, the president berated aides over the turnout. He fumed that he had been led to believe he would see huge crowds in deep-red Oklahoma, according to two White House and campaign officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

There was no sign of an imminent staff shakeup, but members of Trump’s inner circle angrily questioned how campaign manager Brad Parscale and other senior aides could so wildly overpromise and underdeliver, according to the officials.

2:55Trump supporters rally in Tulsa amid rising racial tensions, COVID-19 resurgence

Trump supporters rally in Tulsa amid rising racial tensions, COVID-19 resurgence

Publicly, Trump’s team scrambled to blame the crowd size on media coverage and protesters outside the venue, but the small crowds of pre-rally demonstrators were largely peaceful. Tulsa police reported just one arrest Saturday afternoon.

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It’s unclear when Trump will hold his next rally.

Before Oklahoma, the campaign had planned to finalize and announce its next rally this week. Trump is already scheduled to make appearances Tuesday in Arizona and Thursday in Wisconsin. Both are major general election battlegrounds.

At least one swing state governor, meanwhile, says Trump would not be welcome to host a rally in her state amid the pandemic.

READ MORE: Empty seats, campaign staff infections: Trump restarts campaign with Tulsa rally

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said she “would think very seriously about” trying to block Trump from hosting a rally there if he wanted to.

“We know that congregating without masks, especially at an indoor facility, is the worst thing to do in the midst of a global pandemic,” Whitmer said in an interview before the Oklahoma event, conceding that she wasn’t aware of the specific legal tools she had available to block a prospective Trump rally. “I just know we have limitations on the number of people that can gather and that we’re taking this seriously.”

Biden’s campaign, meanwhile, seized on a fresh opportunity to poke at the incumbent president, suggesting that Trump “was already in a tailspin” because of his mismanagement of the pandemic and civil rights protests.

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“Donald Trump has abdicated leadership and it is no surprise that his supporters have responded by abandoning him,” Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates said.

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Associated Press writer Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.

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Coronavirus: US searches for contact tracers during COVID-19 outbreak – Deseret News

June 21st, 2020

The U.S. is facing a contact tracing shortage, prompting states to increase their search for people who want to help with tracking those with the coronavirus.

What is a contact tracer?

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has created an entirely new position for people — contact tracing. “Those are the people who call you when you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and walk you through the next steps,” according to Marketplace.
  • The U.S. may need between 100,000 to 300,000 more contact tracers, according to Marketplace.

How do you become one?

  • It depends on the state. Some states want you to have a high school diploma. Other states require health care experience, according to Marketplace.

Contact tracing apps can help

  • Countries across the world have looked to create contact tracing apps, where people can input whether they’ve had COVID-19 and who around them might have been infected.
  • According to Reuters, Germany announced that its contact tracing app might be launched within the week.
  • The United States has seen “slower” progress, per The Verge. People have expressed concerns about privacy and accuracy when it comes to creating those apps.

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Amazon will stop supporting its Dash Wand shopping device on July 21st – Engadget

June 21st, 2020

Chrome will soon be less of a memory hog in Windows 10 – Engadget

June 21st, 2020

REALITY CHECK: Trump blamed protesters for low Tulsa rally turnout. Here’s what happened – Global News

June 21st, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump falsely said at his rally Saturday night that Democratic rival Joe Biden apologized for opposing his restrictions on travel from China early in the coronavirus pandemic. Scrambling to explain an unusually thin rally crowd, his campaign wrongly pinned blame on blockades by protesters for driving the masses away.

Trump spoke in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in an arena with thousands of empty seats, a striking disconnect from the million people he had said wanted to come. It was his first rally in months and played out as coronavirus infections have been rising in Tulsa and the state.

Trump’s remarks followed days of self-congratulation as well as trashing of the Obama administration in which Biden served as vice-president. Many of the president’s statements — on the pandemic, public unrest over police brutality, his record on veterans and more — were inaccurate.

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READ MORE: Empty seats, campaign staff infections: Trump restarts campaign with Tulsa rally

A sampling from his statements Saturday night and the past week:

RALLY

TRUMP: “We had some very bad people outside. We had some very bad people outside. They were doing bad things.”

BRAD PARSCALE, Trump campaign manager: “Radical protestors, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage, interfered with @realDonaldTrump supporters at the rally. They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering.” — on Twitter.

THE FACTS: Protesters’ blockades weren’t to blame for the turnout. There was no sizable effort by protesters to keep attendees from getting in.

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Three Associated Press journalists reporting in Tulsa for several hours leading up to the president’s speech did not see anti-Trump demonstrators blocking entry points at the highly secured arena grounds. Police said they made a handful of arrests Saturday, including a woman in the secure zone who was sitting cross-legged in peaceful protest when officers pulled her away and handcuffed her.

1:12Trump criticizes some U.S. protests, says they are ‘trying to vandalize our history’

Trump criticizes some U.S. protests, says they are ‘trying to vandalize our history’

Asked about the Trump campaign’s claim, the mayor’s office referred inquiries to Tulsa police. Capt. Richard Meulenberg on Sunday said that for a few minutes two entrances were blocked as both sides briefly “intermingled,” but that there was no organized blockade and attendees were always able to enter through one of three gates.

The crowd coming for the rally was modest to begin with, not a huge mass bottle-ecked at the last minute by protesters.

The city fire marshal’s office reported a rally crowd of just less than 6,200 in the 19,000 seat BOK Center, according to Tulsa Fire Department spokesperson Andy Little.

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Asked about the lack of evidence that protesters blocked entrances, campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp argued on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump supporters were afraid to come in the first place because they feared protests might turn violent.

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TRUMP, saying Biden accused him of being xenophobic for limiting travel from China, where the pandemic began: “He apologized a month later.”

THE FACTS: This didn’t happen. Biden did not apologize. He actually supported Trump’s travel restrictions.

2:13Coronavirus: Trump says he wanted to ‘slow the testing down’ for COVID-19

Coronavirus: Trump says he wanted to ‘slow the testing down’ for COVID-19

The Democrat has indeed accused Trump of having a record of xenophobia, and hasn’t apologized for doing so. Trump began calling the virus the “China virus” at one point, prompting Biden to urge the country not to take a turn toward xenophobia or racism in the pandemic.

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Trump set that description aside for a time, but he went back to stereotyping at the rally, referring to the “kung flu” as well as the “Chinese virus.”

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On multiple fronts, the revival of the Trump campaign rally marked the return of distortions from months ago.

TRUMP: “We passed VA Choice. … It’s never happened before.”

READ MORE: Trump says he had asked U.S. officials to ‘slow the testing down’ for coronavirus

THE FACTS: A false and frequent statement, pilfering from President Barack Obama’s record. VA Choice, which gives veterans opportunities under certain conditions to get private health care at public expense, passed during the Obama administration. Trump signed legislation expanding the program.

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VIRUS THREAT

TRUMP: “Biden got failing grades and polls on his clueless handling of the Swine Flu H1N1. It was a total disaster, they had no idea what they were doing.” _ tweet Thursday.

THE FACTS: This is a distorted history of a pandemic in 2009 that killed far fewer people in the United States than the coronavirus is killing now. For starters, Joe Biden, as vice-president, wasn’t running the federal response. Federal public health officials were not at all flying blind when the H1N1 pandemic, also known as swine flu, came to the U.S.

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2:12Coronavirus: Six Trump campaign staffers test positive for COVID-19 ahead of Tulsa rally

Coronavirus: Six Trump campaign staffers test positive for COVID-19 ahead of Tulsa rally

Then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s flu surveillance network sounded the alarm after two children in California became the first people diagnosed with the new flu strain in this country.

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About two weeks later, the Obama administration declared a public health emergency and CDC began releasing anti-flu drugs from the national stockpile to help hospitals get ready. In contrast, Trump declared a state of emergency in early March, seven weeks after the first U.S. case of COVID-19 was announced.

More than 119,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. The CDC puts the U.S. death toll from the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic at about 12,500.

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VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: “Oklahoma has really been in the forefront of our efforts to slow the spread. And in a very real sense, they’ve flattened the curve. … The number of cases in Oklahoma _ it’s declined precipitously.” _ remarks Monday.

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THE FACTS: The curve has actually been spiking higher since late May, not flattening.

READ MORE: K-pop fans, TikTok users claim they sabotaged Trump’s Tulsa rally

Oklahoma did report just 41 new coronavirus cases on May 28, a relative low number compared with early April. But infections have since increased. Last weekend, the state posted sharply higher numbers and set a daily record of new cases on Thursday, at 450.

Oklahoma is among the nearly half the states that have seen coronavirus infections rise since May when governors began loosening social distancing orders and as more people were able to get tests.

In Tulsa, the infection rate is also rising steadily after remaining moderate for months. The four-day average number of new cases in the city has doubled from the previous peak in April.

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JUNETEENTH

TRUMP: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous. … It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” _ Wall Street Journal interview Wednesday.

0:53Crowds gather outside Trump rally in Tulsa, Okla.

Crowds gather outside Trump rally in Tulsa, Okla.

THE FACTS: It’s not true that no one had heard of it. No doubt it is better known now.

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Trump’s campaign originally scheduled its Tulsa rally for Friday, placing it on the date symbolizing the end of slavery, June 19; Trump agreed to shift it to Saturday. Over two days in 1921, whites looted and burned Tulsa’s black Greenwood district to the ground, killed up to 300 black Tulsans and forced survivors into internment camps.

Trump’s comment that no one knew about Juneteenth before the furor created by his rally is contradicted by the years of festivities, the official commemorations by all but a few state governments and routine White House acknowledgments of the occasion.

Trump’s staff members have put out statements under his name each year of his presidency marking Juneteenth.

“Melania and I send our best wishes for a memorable celebration to all those commemorating Juneteenth,” says the 2019 statement outlining events of June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free.

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POLICE PRACTICES

TRUMP, on abusive policing: “President Obama and Vice-President Biden never even tried to fix this during their eight-year period. The reason they didn’t try is because they had no idea how to do it.” — Tuesday at the White House.

THE FACTS: That is false.

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0:30Trump says he is ‘not involved’ in firing Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor

Trump says he is ‘not involved’ in firing Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor

Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department opened 25 wide-ranging civil rights investigations into local law enforcement agencies across the country, including police departments in Chicago, Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

Those investigations were aimed at overhauling troubled departments with patterns of civil rights abuses and generally resulted in court-enforceable consent decrees requiring the agencies to commit to a series of fundamental changes with regard to the use of force, stops, searches and more.

Besides that, the Obama White House established a task force to come up with best policing practices and to recommend ways to improve community trust while also reducing crime. That task force released its report in 2015.

That year, President Barack Obama barred the government from supplying certain types of military equipment to local police departments, a policy Trump reversed two years later.

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READ MORE: Trump launched his first campaign rally in months as 6 staffers test positive for coronavirus

Public pressure may be more intense on Congress now to pass sweeping laws on policing, after nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But the limited steps Trump took Tuesday steered around Congress.

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VACCINES

TRUMP, on scientists: “These are the people _ the best, the smartest, the most brilliant anywhere, and they’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine. They’ve come up with … various things.” _ Tuesday at the White House.

THE FACTS: No one has come up with a vaccine for AIDS, nor is there a cure. Nearly 38,000 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the U.S. and about 1.7 million globally in 2018, according to the latest totals.

Powerful medicines have turned HIV into a manageable chronic condition for many patients, leading to major global efforts to get those drugs to more of the people who need them.

1:30White House press secretary delivers a message from President Trump on Juneteenth

White House press secretary delivers a message from President Trump on Juneteenth

In addition, taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day also can work as prevention, dramatically reducing the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes infected through sex or injection drug use. A small fraction of the Americans who might benefit use that “preexposure prophylaxis.”

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Yet there is “no vaccine available that will prevent HIV infection or treat those who have it,” says the U.S. Health and Human Services Department in outlining efforts to develop one.

Trump may have been trying to correct himself when he followed up with the comment that science has “various things” for AIDS.

As for a vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic, Trump appears confident one will be ready by the end of the year, but public health authorities warn there’s no guarantee that any of the candidates currently being tested will pan out. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says a vaccine by year’s end is conceivable only if everything goes right in final testing this summer.

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VETERANS

TRUMP, talking about what he’s done for veterans: “Every VA medical facility now offers same-day emergency mental health, something we didn’t have or even come close to having.” _ remarks Wednesday.

THE FACTS: That’s false. Same-day mental health service started at VA before Trump took office in January 2017.

READ MORE: Trump warns protesters at Tulsa rally it will be ‘different scene’

The VA’s effort to provide same-day primary and mental health care when medically necessary at every VA medical centre was publicized in April 2016, during the Obama administration. By late 2016, the department’s blog announced that goal would be achieved by year’s end.

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A Dec. 23, 2016, article in the Harvard Business Review cited new same-day services at all VA hospitals as evidence of notable progress at the department. David Shulkin, then VA secretary, told Congress in late January 2017 the services already were fully in place.

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TRUMP, on efforts to reduce the suicide rate by veterans: “We’re working very hard on this problem, and I think we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress. I even noticed your number: 20. Twenty is different than 24. You know what that means: each day. Hard to believe. Each day. But 20 is a big difference, and we’re getting it way down.” _ remarks Wednesday.

THE FACTS: No. The veterans’ suicide rate hasn’t improved at all during Trump’s administration. Suicides have gone up by the latest measure.

The VA estimated in 2013 that 22 veterans were taking their lives each day on average (not 24, as Trump put it). But the estimate was based on data submitted from fewer than half the states. In 2016, VA released an updated estimate of 20 suicides per day, based on 2014 data from every state as well as the Pentagon. That’s the figure Trump wrongly claimed as his own.

2:02TikTok users say they helped sabotage Trump’s Tulsa rally

TikTok users say they helped sabotage Trump’s Tulsa rally

Last fall, VA changed how it counted, removing some active-duty service members and former members of the National Guard and Reserve who had been in the mix. That left a suicide rate of 17 per day by military veterans, a change that reflected no improvement but merely a different methodology.

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For 2017, VA reported 6,139 suicides by military veterans, up by 139 from the year before.

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CHILDREN & COVID-19

TRUMP: “They’ve come out of this at a level that’s really inconceivable. By the way, the regular flu, other flus, other things, SARS or H1N1, any of them, if you look at the young people they were affected like everybody else, but for whatever reason with respect to COVID, the numbers are very, very low.” _ remarks Monday.

THE FACTS: Although it’s true that children are less likely than adults to develop COVID-19, the CDC has nevertheless counted more than 86,000 infections by the virus in Americans younger than 18.

Trump’s statements overlook severe COVID-19 illnesses and some deaths of children in the U.S., even though kids in general tend to get less sick from it than adults do. He also glosses over the fact that kids can spread disease without showing symptoms themselves.

The CDC in April studied the pandemic’s effect on different ages in the U.S. and reviewed preliminary research in China, where the coronavirus started. It said social distancing is important for children, too, for their own safety and that of others.

READ MORE: Joe Biden fears Donald Trump ‘is going to try to steal this election’

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“Whereas most COVID-19 cases in children are not severe, serious COVID-19 illness resulting in hospitalization still occurs in this age group,” the CDC study says.

Last month, the CDC also warned doctors to be on the lookout for a rare but life-threatening inflammatory reaction in some children who’ve had the coronavirus. The condition had been reported in more than 100 children in New York, and in some kids in several other states and in Europe, with some deaths.

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JUDGES

TRUMP: “These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts … Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?” _ tweets Thursday.

THE FACTS: Whether justices like or dislike a president is irrelevant to their rulings.

Trump was referring to two major decisions this past week on LGBT rights and immigration in which the conservative-leaning Supreme Court handed him defeats. But they were nothing personal.

2:54U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end ‘Dreamers’ immigrant program

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end ‘Dreamers’ immigrant program

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberals in both cases. Also ruling against Trump in the LGBT case was Justice Neil Gorsuch, one of Trump’s two appointees.

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Roberts has sought to emphasize the judiciary’s independence from the political branches of government and make clear that justices are not “politicians in robes.” After Trump in 2018 went after a judge who ruled against his migrant asylum order, calling him an “Obama judge,” Roberts issued an extraordinary rebuke.

“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts said in response to an inquiry from The Associated Press. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”

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Causey reported from Dallas. Associated Press writers Ken Miller in Oklahoma City, and Kevin Freking, Eric Tucker, Lauran Neergaard, Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman in Washington contributed to this report.

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