Twitter's suspension of fired Florida data scientist marks a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis
Twitter suspended the account of Rebekah Jones earlier this week — a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Washington Post reports.What happened: Jones, a fired health department worker whom the state recognized as a whistleblower last month, had her account suspended for violating "spam and platform manipulation" rules.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Representatives for DeSantis' office told the Post that the suspension was "long overdue," calling Jones "thenews.yahoo.com
The Latest: New Zealand opens 1st big vaccination clinic
New Zealand has opened its first large vaccination clinic as it scales up efforts to protect people from the coronavirus. (New Zealand Ministry of Health via AP)WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has opened its first large vaccination clinic as it scales up efforts to protect people from the coronavirus. Gordon cites Wyoming’s declining number of COVID-19 cases and its success in distributing vaccines as reasons to lift the restrictions. AdThe nation of 1.3 million has seen a rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases n the past few weeks. Italy’s total virus cases surpassed 3 million last week, with a new surge powered by the highly contagious variant that was first identified in Britain.
Sunshine State dims for Dems amid election losses, cash woes
Democrats hope to make deeper strides in changing their fortunes in a state that has become friendlier place for Republicans. And that was despite $100 million spent by Michael Bloomberg to help Democrats in the state. When the spending tally is complete, the last election cycle in Florida is expected to rank as among the most expensive in state history. Ad“I don’t know anybody who’s happy with investing $100 million and not winning,” said Manny Diaz, the new chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Diaz, the state party chairman, is trying to reverse the slide in its voter registration advantage over Republicans.
With another Florida loss, Democrats begin second guessing
As election postmortems go, the one that began in Florida Wednesday was especially wrenching for Democrats. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Perhaps only in Florida is a loss by fewer than 4 percentage points considered a public drubbing. Democrats zeroed in on two clear explanations: Biden didn't connect with the state's Latino voters, performing particularly poorly with Cuban voters in South Florida. Some Democrats also give Republicans credit for registering thousands of new voters and narrowing the voter registration advantage Democrats have long had. For Taddeo, the Democratic state senator, it means going back to basics.
Trump visiting Florida during a pandemic, hurricane threat
With Air Force One in the background, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event with Florida Sheriffs in Tampa, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. In Florida, Trump also participated in a meeting to review the response to COVID-19 and the states preparedness for Hurricane Isaias, which was centered in the Bahamas on Friday and expected to move near South Florida on Saturday. Asked if the rising COVID-19 death toll could diminish his chances in the state, Trump told reporters that he had confidence in his adopted home state. Democratic supporters of Biden in Florida criticized Trump for coming to the state to fundraise during such a critical time for the state and nation. President Trumps leadership on coronavirus has put us in a strong position to protect vulnerable Americans and rebuild our economy, he said.
How Russian intelligence officers interfered in the 2016 election
There was a lot of testimony during this past week's impeachment inquiry about foreign interference in our 2016 election, including the president's assertion that Ukraine was involved. All have access to the underlying intelligence, and have no doubt the Russians interfered in the 2016 election. 60 Minutes Extra: Department of Justice senior official on 2016 Russian election hack effortPosing as Guccifer 2.0, the Russians offered up stolen documents to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks and self proclaimed "dirty trickster" Roger Stone. Will you make a commitment not to use any of these stolen materials in the-- in the campaign, or in the 2016 election?" Nevins posted the stolen documents on his website, organized in files, and alerted Florida journalists who couldn't resist publishing the Democrats' secrets.cbsnews.com
Florida state senator decries being targeted by 2016 Russian election hacking
Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo will appear on 60 Minutes Sunday to decry the Russian hack of the 2016 elections. Department of Justice officials say those files were hacked and dumped by a Russian military intelligence units. Florida State Senator Annette TaddeoTaddeo speaks to Bill Whitaker for a report that explains in detail how the Russians stole the critical information and disseminated it to undermine political candidates in 2016. Robert Anderson, who played leading roles in the FBI's counter intelligence and cyber security divisions, tracked Russian intelligence operatives for years. He warns in an interview with Whitaker that the Russians will be back for the 2020 election.cbsnews.com
De Blasio shouts Cuban revolutionary slogan at Miami rally
De Blasio said he would stand by the workers "every step of the way." __ or "Until victory, always" __ a phrase most associated with revolutionary leader Che Guevara. How can anyone wanting to be the leader of the free world quote a murderous guerrilla - in Miami no less!" The strike was to protest what workers called hazardous working conditions and was first reported by CBS Miami in April. "There will be voices that tell you there is not enough money to treat working people right," de Blasio told the strikers.chicagotribune.com