Good morning. Amy Dorris, a former model, came forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in her VIP box at the 1997 US Open tennis tournament in New York. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Dorris said that the incident, which presumably occurred when she was 24, left her “sick” and “violated”:
He just stuck his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him away. And then that was when her grip got tighter and her hands were very groping and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything. I was in his grip and couldn’t get rid of it.
Dorris provided the Guardian with evidence to support his account. Trump, through his lawyers, has denied in the strongest possible terms that he ever harassed, abused or behaved improperly towards him.
The CDC director says the public won’t see a vaccine for a year
Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, told a Senate committee on Wednesday that it would be a year before a Covid-19 vaccine would be available to the American public and that, in the meantime, masks were the best defense against the virus. Trump disagreed, however, by telling reporters in the White House that Redfield was “confused” about the timing and repeating his claim that “we will have a vaccine in a matter of weeks.”
On the same day, administration health official and Trump loyalist Michael Caputo said he would take a leave, after claiming in a Facebook video that government scientists were part of a “resistance” movement against Trump.
Armed civilians are manning illegal checkpoints in Oregon
As firefighters battled wildfires in Oregon and search teams scoured the remains of thousands of incinerated homes for the missing, Trump on Wednesday approved a federal disaster declaration, increasing U.S. government assistance for the state’s emergency efforts.
Meanwhile, concerns have been raised about a group of heavily armed civilians setting up illegal checkpoints in the unincorporated town of Corbett, Oregon, apparently in response to widespread rumors of arsonists and looters.
Taiwan says there is a “real possibility” of war with China
Taiwan’s foreign minister has asked the international community to help his country deal with the Chinese threat, and what the Taipei government believes is “a real possibility” of war. The Chinese state newspaper Global Times said in an editorial this week that Taiwan “is destroying their strategic maneuvering capacity by taking full sides with the United States,” thereby increasing the risk of military conflict with Beijing, which considers Taiwan a side. of China.
On Thursday, an American delegation led by US Undersecretary of Economic Affairs Keith Krach will arrive in Taiwan for two days of talks, amid news of unprecedented US arms sales in Taipei, including mines, cruise missiles and drones.
Trump questioned TikTok’s deal with US firm Oracle, after ByteDance, the video app’s Chinese parent company, announced it will retain a majority stake in TikTok’s US operations. “I can tell you I don’t like it,” Trump told reporters Wednesday, saying the sale “has to be 100% national security.”
In other news …
Hurricane Sally killed at least one person and left a trail of chaos and flood damage as the slow storm hit the coasts of Florida and Alabama on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia has extractable uranium sufficient ore reserves to start its own nuclear fuel production, raising concerns about the Kingdom’s interest in an atomic weapons program, according to a confidential report seen by the Guardian.
Bill Barr suggested bringing sedition charges against the protesters, according to several reports claiming that the US Attorney General has urged prosecutors to explore aggressive allegations against those involved in the recent riots in US cities.
Frank Gehry: on his “modest” Eisenhower memorial
Just as many historic statues are being demolished in the United States, architect Frank Gehry has unveiled a new memorial to Dwight Eisenhower in Washington, DC. But it’s not a traditionally bombastic monument of “great man”, he tells David Smith: “I think the statues that go up are quite modest compared to those that go down.”
The first openly gay NBA player talks about white privilege
Former basketball player John Amaechi, now a professional psychologist, was the first NBA player to declare himself gay. Now he is trying to educate his British colleagues about white privilege. As a sports star, he tells Kehinde Andrews, “You have no choice to be a role model – the only choice is whether to be good or bad.”
Opinion: Should I Really Volunteer for the Covid Vaccine?
Thomas Gokey signed up for a risky “human challenge test” to test Covid-19 vaccines because he wanted to make humanity safer. He is now concerned that it might only help make Big Pharma richer, or make a vaccine available only to US citizens.
I can’t speak for other volunteers, but I suspect they might feel the same: I would refuse to participate in a human challenge test if the eventual vaccine was not made available to everyone, everywhere. And because vaccines are impossible without potential trial participants, we can call for a better vaccination process for everyone, not just for Covid-19, but for the future.
Last thing: crime machine in the hot tub
Seven hot tubs – valued at more than C $ 150,000 (US $ 113,000) – were stolen in a brazen daylight robbery in Alberta, by what Canadian police believe is a sophisticated semi-truck crime network, using fake documents to pretend to be delivery drivers.
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