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Ron Paul hospitalized after medical incidentAUSTIN, Texas — Ron Paul, the former Republican congressman from southeast Texas and presidential candidate, was hospitalized Friday after suffering an apparent medical incident while speaking during a video livestream.Following reports that the 85-year-old was admitted to a Texas hospital for “precautionary reasons,” Paul tweeted a photo from his hospital bed.“Message from Ron Paul: ‘I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern,’” the tweet read.Video posted on Twitter showed Paul interviewing a guest on video when his speech began to slur and his wo...
Tribune News Service
Auto review: 2021 Acura TLX rides new platform to become brand's best sedan in decades
Building a world-class sport sedan is tougher than it looks. Of course, that’s true of everything from making an omelet to setting a broken bone, but a smart, focused student can generally master either of those in less than a decade.The learning curve is a bit — shall we say “extended”? — for automakers who want to challenge cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class.Twenty years after Cadillac joined the fray with the CTS, GM’s luxury brand is back where it started, trying to establish the CT4 and CT5 as contenders. Ditto Lexus, whose next truly successful small sport sedan wil...
Detroit Free Press
Commentary: Wildfires endanger those with chronic illnesses
While I was out on a late-night walk with my dog during the record heat wave in Los Angeles that helped fuel the West Coast fires, a neighbor pointed to the sky and asked if I’d seen the moon. I glanced upward, looking for a white globular shape.Instead, I saw what looked like Mars. The moon was red.Five days later, I was reading my media feeds through eyes partially swollen shut. I’d gone to bed with a sore throat and woken up with painful angioedema (an allergic, potentially fatal swelling) in my face.I’m disabled from Sjogren’s syndrome, a systemic autoimmune disease that leaves me vulnerab...
Tribune News Service
Minnesota priest who says COVID-19 is a scam told to halt such preaching
MINNEAPOLIS — A Twin Cities priest who had preached that COVID-19 was a man-made scam has been told by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to refrain from talking about such matters from the pulpit.The Rev. Robert Altier had delivered a 20-minute sermon Sept. 6, claiming COVID-19 was concocted in laboratories in the United States and China and that it was a “lie” that tens of thousands of people are dying from it. A YouTube version of the sermon has been viewed more than 412,000 times.At the time, the archdiocese said Altier’s sermon was “under review.” Earlier this week, Archbishop Be...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jamaica's surging COVID crisis just got help: US donates field hospital
With concerns growing in Jamaica that more people will require hospitalizations amid a worrying surge in coronavirus cases, the Caribbean nation is getting help from the U.S. Southern Command.Adm. Craig Faller, head of the U.S. Southern Command, headquartered in Doral, Florida, arrived in Kingston Thursday to officially hand over a large mobile field hospital for COVID-19 patients. The $753,000 hospital, which can care for 70 patients, will add to Jamaica’s 350-COVID-19 bed capacity.Purchased by Southcom with humanitarian funds, it was transported to the island last week, ahead of Faller’s vis...
Putin joins Trump as Nobel Peace Prize candidate, report says
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has reportedly joined President Donald Trump as a dark horse candidate for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.According to Newsweek, the state-owned Russian news agency Tass made the announcement and insisted the Russian government wasn’t responsible for nominating its own strongman.A collective of Russian public figures including writer Sergey Komkov were reportedly behind Putin’s nomination. It’s unclear what the former KGB agent — who annexed a neighboring country, is credibly accused of tampering in U.S. elections and has seen his adversaries poisoned — was nominated ...
New York Daily News
Trudy Rubin: Trump's use of 'the big lie' with COVID-19 echoes autocrats past and present
In the 1920s Adolf Hitler coined the term “the big lie,” meaning the use of a falsehood so huge no one would believe a leader could dare promote it were it not true.From then on the phrase “the big lie” became a standard description of the prime propaganda technique used by strongmen in undemocratic regimes.Last week, Donald Trump’s mastery of the big lie was on full display when he gave himself an A+ for his handling of COVID-19.“We’ve done a phenomenal job,” he insisted baldly, rating his performance as “an A+”, even as America’s death toll soared beyond 200,000 and continued to rise at clos...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Trump's UN (campaign) address
President Donald Trump gave a Tuesday campaign speech that blasted Beijing’s COVID-19 culpability, lauded his administration’s response to the pandemic and celebrated America’s abdication of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal.No, Trump wasn’t rallying supporters in a swing state. His address, delivered remotely, was to the United Nations General Assembly. But to both ally and adversary alike, it was clear that Trump’s rhetoric was for domestic political purposes rather than diplomatic outreach.Trump began in the U.N. spirit when he said, “We are once again engaged in a great gl...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: Most Americans want more global engagement
The novel coronavirus is a deadly reminder that in our interconnected world, grave dangers originating beyond our shores can prove devastating at home. In little more than six months, the virus has killed about 200,000 Americans, and the death toll keep rising.One might have expected Americans to respond to this plague by turning inward, focusing on addressing the health crisis that has befallen the country and putting people back to work — to reduce our vulnerabilities around the world by staying out of world affairs.That, indeed, has been the inclination of the Trump administration — which m...
Biden vows to change 'systemic racism' during first NC appearance in months
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden brought his campaign to Charlotte on Wednesday, telling a dozen African American business owners and educators that the “tough times” for Americans in this pandemic are even worse for African American communities.“It’s sort of emblematic of the inequality that exists,” he said at what was billed as a Black Economic Summit at Camp North End. “We have a gigantic opportunity to change the systemic racism.”Biden also ripped President Donald Trump for what he called “the most corrupt administration in modern American history.”Biden’s first...
The Charlotte Observer