News Headlines 7/25/22

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DOCTOR: BIDEN IMPROVING ‘SIGNIFICANTLY’ FROM COVID, STILL HAS SORE THROAT: President Biden‘s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said in his latest update Sunday that Biden continues to, quote, “improve significantly” from his Covid-19 infection, while still having a lingering sore throat. O’Connor said that Biden’s other mild symptoms, including a cough, runny nose and body aches, had “diminished considerably.” Biden has been taking Paxlovid since he tested positive last Thursday, and O’Connor said he is responding “as expected.” The White House Covid-19 repsonse coordinatory, Dr. Ashish Jha, said Sunday that Biden was infected by the highly contagious BA.5 omicron variant, which is believed to be responsible for most cases in the U.S. right now.

RUSSIA CLAIMS UKRAINIAN PORT STRIKE HIT MILITARY TARGETS: Russian defense officials claimed Sunday (July 24th) that an aistrike on the Ukrainian port of Odesa a day earlier hit only military targets.  However, the Saturday attack came one day after an agreement the two countries signed on resuming grain shipments, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address Satuarday that the attack, quote, “destroyed the very possibility” of dialogue with Russia. AP reports that under the grain shipment agreement, Russia and Ukraine both agreed not to target vessels and port facilities involved in resuming shipments, including the ports of Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny. It wasn’t immediately clear how the airstrike would affect plans to resume shipping Ukrainian grain out of the ports. The months-long standoff over shipments of Ukrainian grain has threatened food security around the world. 

TWO KILLED, FIVE WOUNDED IN SHOOTING AT LOS ANGELES PARK: Two people were killed and at least five others wounded in a shooting at a Los Angeles park Sunday afternoon (July 24th) where an informal car show was taking place. The people who were fatally shot at Peck Park in L.A.’s San Pedro neighborhood were at the baseball diamond, according to police. LAPD Captain Kelly Muniz said investigators believe the shooting began as a dispute between two parties, and they were still trying to determine how many shooters there were. No arrests had been made as of late last night.

N.Y. GOV. CANDIDATE ZELDIN’S ATTACKER SAYS DIDN’T KNOW WHO HE WAS: The 43-year-old man accused of attacking New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Rep. Lee Zeldin at a campaign rally last Thursday told investigators he’d been drinking and didn’t know who Zeldin was. David Jakubonis was arrested Saturday on a federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress with a dangerous weapon (July 23rd), after having been arraigned Friday on a separate state charge of attempted assault in the second degree. The federal criminal complaint said that Jakubonis, who’s an Iraq War veteran, told investigators he was drinking whiskey Thursday before he went onstage as Zeldin spoke at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the upstate New York town of Perinton to ask the speaker if he was disrespecting veterans. The complaint said Jakubonis, quote, “did not know who the speaker was or that the speaker was a political person.” In the incident, Jakubonis raised his arm toward Zeldin as he held a keychain with two sharp points. The congressman grabbed Jakubonis’ wrist and the two went to the ground as others jumped in to help. Zeldin only got a minor scrape.

CHENEY: JAN. 6TH COMMITTEE MAY SUBPOENA JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS’ WIFE GINNI THOMAS: Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice-chair of the House January 6th Committee, said yesterday (July 24th) that the committee may subpoena Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas‘ wife, Ginni Thomas. Cheney, who appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and Fox News Sunday, said, “We certainly hope that she will agree to come in voluntarily. But the committee is fully prepared to contemplate a subpoena if she does not.” Cheney said the committee sent her an letter last month seeking an interview. Ginni Thomas communicated with people in then-President Donald Trump’s orbit ahead of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and on the day it took place, and committee members want to learn more about her efforts to keep Trump in office. Cheney also said they “anticipate” talking to more members of Trump’s Cabinet and more members of his campaign.