Eager to project a sense of normalcy in imagery, Trump soaked up the raucous cheers inside a warehouse that evening. Relatively few in the crowd wore masks, with a clear exception: those in the stands directly behind Trump, whose images would end up on TV, were mandated to wear face coverings.
Not since a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was blamed for a surge of coronavirus infections has he gathered supporters indoors.
The pandemic has killed nearly 200,000 Americans and is still claiming 1,000 lives a day.
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Museums reopen on Rizal's birthday
The National Museum of the Philippines at Rizal Park and the Jose Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago opened yesterday after months of lockdown in time for the commemoration of the 160th birthday of national hero Jose Rizal.
Clippers end Jazz season; Sixers, Hawks reach Game 7
LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Terance Mann poured in a career-high 39 points as the Los Angeles Clippers advanced to their first NBA semifinals in franchise history, rallying to beat the top-seeded Utah Jazz 131-119 on Friday.
NoKor prepares for dialogue, confrontation with US
SEOUL (AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said the country must prepare for both “dialogue and confrontation” with the United States, but with a particular emphasis on the latter as Pyongyang probes for any US policy shift under President Joe Biden.
Germany hits milestone, wary of Delta variant
BERLIN (AP) – Germany has now given at least one coronavirus vaccine shot to more than half its population but officials urged people Friday to remain cautious and slow the spread of the more contagious Delta variant.
Biden hails 300 M jabs in 150 days
WASHINGTON (AP) – US President Joe Biden took a cautious victory lap Friday in his quest to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, announcing that 300 million vaccine shots have been administered in the 150 days since he took office.
Bucks pull off wire-to-wire victory, keep season alive
LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined for 68 points as the host Milwaukee Bucks led wire-to-wire on Thursday to beat the Brooklyn Nets 104-89 in Game 6 of their NBA playoff series.
Biden gifts Putin pair of American-made aviators
GENEVA (AFP) – For his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva this week, US President Joe Biden gifted his Russian counterpart a pair of American-made sunglasses in Biden’s signature aviator style.
Global COVID death toll exceeds 4 M
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide passed a grim milestone of four million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, as many countries struggle to procure enough vaccines to inoculate their populations.
Dominguez named chair of coco levy committee
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez was elected head of the inter-agency panel tasked to craft the investment strategy in deploying the newly established coconut farmers and industry trust fund.
Young Gilas team raps Indonesia
Gilas Pilipinas shifted to high gear in the second half to romp off with a 76-51 triumph over pesky Indonesia last night in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers at the AUF Gym in Pampanga.
America's Friendlist Summits
Some high points require expert skill, a bit of luck, and probably some suffering. Not these. Here are 15 peaks—high on views, low on effort—that don’t play hard to get.
CHINA SAYS XIAOMI REMOVAL FROM U.S. BLACKLIST “BENEFICIAL”
China’s commerce ministry on Thursday welcomed the removal of Xiaomi Corp. from a U.S. government blacklist, a day after the U.S. reversed a ban on U.S. investments in the smartphone maker that was imposed under former President Donald Trump.
Finally, on the Brink of Dow 36,000
In early 1998, my American EnterpriseInstitute colleague Kevin Hassett, a well-credentialed academic who would later become chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Trump administration, came to me with an idea. Over the previous three-fourths of a century, stocks had returned an annual average of about 11% and government bonds 5.5%.
HIGH COURT SIDES WITH GOOGLE IN COPYRIGHT FIGHT WITH ORACLE
Technology companies sighed with relief after the Supreme Court sided with Google in a copyright dispute with Oracle. The high court said Google did nothing wrong in copying code to develop the Android operating system now used on most smartphones.
BIG TECH, NEVADA REPAIR SHOPS CLASH OVER ‘RIGHT TO REPAIR'
Trade groups representing big tech companies faced off with independent repair shop owners during a committee hearing in the Nevada Legislature over a proposal that would require manufacturers to give repair shops the ability to fix devices like computers, phones, tablets and printers.
CONGRESS TO PRESS BIG TECH CEOS OVER SPEECH, MISINFORMATION
The CEOs of social media giants Facebook, Twitter and Google face a new grilling by Congress Thursday, one focused on their efforts to prevent their platforms from spreading falsehoods and inciting violence.
CYBER ATTACK TIED TO CHINA BOOSTS DEVELOPMENT BANK'S CHIEF
The cyberattack crested just as finance officials from across Latin America were descending on Washington to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Inter-American Development Bank.
BIDEN FACES STEEP CHALLENGES TO REACH RENEWABLE ENERGY GOALS
President Joe Biden wants to change the way the U.S. uses energy by expanding renewables, but he will need to navigate a host of challenges — including the coronavirus pandemic and restoring hundreds of thousands of lost jobs — to get it done.
After a Grim Limbo, Hope
A migrant camp empties as Biden undoes Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy
FEDERAL JUDGE SAYS CALIFORNIA CAN ENFORCE NET NEUTRALITY LAW
A federal judge this week ruled that California can for the first time enforce its tough net neutrality law, clearing the way for the state to ban internet providers from slowing down or blocking access to websites and applications that don’t pay for premium service.