At Least 7 People Test Positive For Coronavirus After Rose Garden Event For Barrett

A week ago, more than 100 people gathered in the White House Rose Garden to celebrate President Trump’s third nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Guests mingled, hugged and kissed on the cheek, most without wearing masks. An indoor reception followed the outdoor ceremony.

Seven days later, at least seven people who attended the ceremony have tested positive for the coronavirus, including the president. Several more of the president’s closest aides and advisors have also tested positive.

The president and first lady

President Trump announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive. In introducing Judge Barrett and pledging a swift confirmation in the Senate, the Trump campaign was finally making progress toward shifting the focus of the campaign away from the coronavirus.

Less than a week later, the president would fly to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment after his own diagnosis. Barrett tested negative on Friday.

Kellyanne Conway

Trump’s now former senior adviser sat in the front row. She tested positive on Friday and said her symptoms are mild. Conway also reportedly participated in debate preparations inside the White House later in the week.

Mike Lee

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, received a positive test result on Friday. He was seen hugging and kissing other guests and not wearing a mask at the event.

The Utah Republican is also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and met with Judge Barrett later in the week, again without masks. Lee says he will isolate for 10 days.

Thom Tillis

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., also received a positive test on Friday. Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee attended the Saturday announcement. Tillis wore a mask during the ceremony, but several of his colleagues did not.

Tillis later participated in a Senate debate in North Carolina.

He is the second judiciary committee member to test positive. He said he will isolate for 10 days. More positives from the Judiciary Committee could impact Barrett’s confirmation timetable.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Friday the hearings will proceed as planned.

Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has also tested positive. He is not on the Judiciary Committee and did not attend the Rose Garden event.

Father John Jenkins

Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins attended Saturday’s event to celebrate Barrett, an alum who taught for 15 years at Notre Dame’s law school. After testing positive, he said in a statement that he “regrets his error in judgement” in deciding not to wear a mask.

A White House journalist who covered the Rose Garden ceremony also tested positive.

Other Trump Officials And Aides Test Positive

Three other officials close to the president have also tested positive this week.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien announced a positive test late Friday night.

Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest aides, tested positive on Thursday. Her positive diagnosis appears to have spurred the president getting tested on Thursday night. Hicks felt unwell after a campaign event Wednesday night and attempted to

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At least 7 people who attended a White House Rose Garden event for Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination have tested positive for COVID-19



a group of people in a park: President Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Alex Brandon/AP Photo


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President Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Alex Brandon/AP Photo

  • At least seven people who attended an event on Saturday where President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court pick have now tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Trump announced that he tested positive for the virus on Friday. 
  • At least 150 people attended the event on Saturday. 
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President Donald Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday at an event with 150 attendees. 

Almost a week later on Friday, Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Now the event has come under some scrutiny, as at least seven attendees have tested positive for the virus this week.

It’s unclear if the Rose Garden gathering was a super-spreader event, or how or when those who contracted COVID-19 got the virus — whether at the event or elsewhere.

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Here are all the prominent attendees who have tested positive for the virus:

Barrett tested negative on Friday but had the coronavirus this summer. 

More people in the president’s inner circle who interacted with him the week prior to his diagnosis also tested positive. White House aide Hope Hicks, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and campaign manager Bill Stepien are also among those who have tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Number of Covid cases grows among people who attended White House ceremony

The number of people from President Donald Trump’s inner circle who have tested positive for the coronavirus is growing, with at least seven confirmed cases tied to an event in the Rose Garden last weekend.

On Saturday, Trump officially announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice at an outdoor ceremony attended by more than 150 people, many who did not wear masks or social distancing.

In addition to the president and first lady, at least five other who were at the ceremony have been confirmed to have Covid-19: former top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, Republican Sens. Thom Tillis from North Carolina and Mike Lee from Utah, Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins and a White House journalist.

Conway is the latest to confirm she was infected.

“Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19,” she said in a statement Friday night. “My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians. As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic.”

Trump, who is being treated at Walter Reed Hospital, where he is receiving experimental treatment and expected to remain for several days, revealed in a tweet his and Melania Trump’s diagnoses early Friday, sending everything from the upcoming presidential election to the Supreme Court confirmation into question.

Democrats were quick to call for a delay in Barrett’s confirmation hearing, but Republicans pushed back and said they intend to move forward with the process. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a tweet Friday that the hearings remain scheduled to begin Oct. 12 and raised the possibility of virtual hearings.

“We now have two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who have tested positive for COVID, and there may be more. I wish my colleagues well,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said in a tweet. “It is irresponsible and dangerous to move forward with a hearing, and there is absolutely no good reason to do so.”

Both Tillis and Lee are members of the Judiciary Committee.

“Over the last few months, I’ve been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive,” Tillis said. “I will be following the recommendations of my doctor and will be self-isolating at home for 10 days and notifying those I’ve been in close contact with.”

Other members of Trump’s inner circle, including his children, said they have tested negative for the virus.

Conway’s daughter, Claudia Conway, posted a video on TikTok announcing her mother’s diagnosis even before the elder Conway issued a statement. Claudia Conway said she is “furious” that her mother, who brushed off wearing a mask during the pandemic, exposed the family to Covid-19.

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House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s not ‘ethically improper’ to find government jobs for people. Here’s what he’s failing to mention.

For years, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has defended his aggressive push to land political allies and their friends and family on taxpayer-funded payrolls, but rarely has he waxed as philosophically about it as he did last week in a three-page letter.



Michael Madigan wearing a suit and tie: Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District talks with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R) 82nd District before a debate at Illinois House to vote on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


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Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District talks with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R) 82nd District before a debate at Illinois House to vote on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.



Michael Madigan standing in front of a door: Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District watches as Illinois House votes on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


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Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District watches as Illinois House votes on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

Facing intense pressure from a federal investigation into ComEd’s bribes-for-favors scandal and an invitation from a House corruption committee to tell the public what he knows, Madigan’s missive broke two months of near silence. The powerful speaker loudly proclaimed his innocence and tried to reframe his penchant for patronage hiring as a virtue.

Not only is “helping people find jobs not a crime,” Madigan wrote, it’s not even “ethically improper” for politicians to make job recommendations.

“To the contrary, I believe that it is part of my duties as a community and political leader to help good people find work — from potential executives to college interns, and more,” wrote the 78-year-old Illinois Democratic Party chairman, alluding to some of the very jobs that prosecutors brought up in charging ComEd with crimes. “What an employer chooses to do with that recommendation rests solely with their discretion.”

What Madigan didn’t mention when discussing the numerous jobs he’s secured for people during more than 50 years in politics is how that practice has benefited him and what it’s cost taxpayers and electricity ratepayers.

The Tribune has spent the last decade chronicling how it works: Patronage jobs are the lifeblood of Madigan’s political organization. And the people Madigan recommends be hired often serve as foot soldiers on the campaigns for the very legislative seats that allow the speaker to stay in power. In turn, that control of the House is key to helping Madigan bring in clients at his law firm, which handles high-dollar property tax appeals on some of Chicago’s biggest buildings.

Starting in 2010, the Tribune published the “The Madigan Rules,” a first-of-its-kind, yearslong investigation that exposed how the speaker built his political empire and law practice, revealing how those two careers repeatedly intersected. The report found that in some cases Madigan took public actions that benefited his private clients, though the speaker said his “personal code of conduct” ensured he maintained “high ethical standards.”



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Obama steps into The Shade Room to urge ‘roommates’ to vote, says White House ‘working to keep people from voting’

Former President Obama knocked the Trump administration in a video released by The Shade Room this week, accusing the White House of working to “keep people from voting,” particularly those of color.



Barack Obama wearing a suit and tie: Obama steps into The Shade Room to urge 'roommates' to vote, says White House 'working to keep people from voting'


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Obama steps into The Shade Room to urge ‘roommates’ to vote, says White House ‘working to keep people from voting’

Obama made the comments in a short advertisement urging people to vote early in the election that was released by the Shade Room, a Black-owned media company with a large social media following that covers celebrity and entertainment news.

Obama started off the video by addressing the “roommates,” the media company’s nickname for its readers, saying: “As you know the election is coming up and I’ve got just one word for you: vote. Actually I’ve got two: vote early.”

“Right now, from the White House on down, folks are working to keep people from voting, especially communities of color. That’s because there’s a lot at stake in this election. Not just our pandemic response or racial justice, but our democracy itself,” he said.

“So, it’s more important than ever to make your voice heard. We can’t leave anything to chance,” he continued, before going on to urge viewers to visit a website that allows them to check their voter registration status and look up nearby voting locations.

The video marks Obama’s latest show of support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign in recent months and comes hours before his former vice president is set to face off in his first presidential debate against President Trump later on Tuesday.

In a Twitter video urging supporters to register to vote in the November race on National Voter Registration Day last week, Obama emphasized the stakes of the coming of election, saying: “What’s at stake in this election is much bigger than Joe or the man he’s running to replace.”

“What’s at stake is whether or not our democracy endures,” he continued in the clip, which doesn’t mention Trump by name. “And the folks in power are hoping that you will stay home. They’re hoping you get cynical.”

“They’re trying to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter. It’s how they win. Don’t let them,” he added.

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Obama Says White House Trying ‘To Keep People From Voting’ in New Biden Campaign Ads

Barack Obama has claimed that the White House is “working to keep people from voting,” in one of two new adverts for the Joe Biden presidential campaign that encourage Black people to exercise their power at the ballot box.

The videos, the other featuring vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, will be featured on popular Black entertainment news sites The Shade Room and The Young, Black, and Fabulous. They ask Black voters to make a plan of where and when to vote.

“Hey, roommates, Barack Obama here. Yes, coming to you from The Shade Room. As you know the election is coming up and I’ve got just one word for you: vote,” the former president says.

“Actually, I’ve got two: vote early. Right now, from the White House on down, folks are working to keep people from voting, especially communities of color.”

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Obama moves on to say that this is “because there is a lot at stake in this election,” mentioning the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice and “our democracy itself.” He encourages those watching to make a plan to vote early and to tell friends and family to do the same.

The video with vice presidential nominee Harris also starts out with her introducing herself. She then says: “We are coming down to the wire in this election and we know it’s all on the line. Everything from women’s health to our jobs, from black businesses to the quality of our schools and our communities.”

“To make progress in all the ways that matter to us and the ones we love,” Harris says, “we must vote, and we must vote early.”

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She carries on to say that this year, it is “easier and more convenient to make your voice heard on your schedule,” encouraging those who are voting in person to pick a day to go to the polls.

If they are voting by mail, she asks you to get your ballot as soon as possible, either by mailing it in or handing it in person. Harris, like Obama, tells viewers to encourage their friends and family to make a plan to vote as well.

The Shade Room, an Instagram-focused platform founded by Angelica Nwandu in 2014, counts more than 20 million followers on the social media platform.

Meanwhile, the Young, Black and Fabulous website, focused on Black celebrity gossip, was started in 2005 by Natasha Eubanks.

Both platforms have also pivoted to covering racial justice and injustice issues as well as the upcoming election.

A Washington Post-Ipsos poll from June showed that 92 percent of Black registered voters supported Biden over President Donald Trump.

A more recent survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal/NBC News between September 13 -16 found Biden leading Trump among Black voters by 90 percent to 5 percent.

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Former President Barack Obama gives the eulogy at the funeral service for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) at Ebenezer Baptist Church on July 30,
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Protesters Paint ‘Let the People Decide’ Mural Outside Mitch McConnell’s House Ahead of Barrett Nomination

Protesters painted a “let the people decide” mural outside Mitch McConnell’s home in Washington D.C. on Saturday ahead of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walking to the Senate Floor in Washington D.C. on September 23, 2020.


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walking to the Senate Floor in Washington D.C. on September 23, 2020.

March for Our Lives activists calling for the Supreme Court selection to be delayed until after Election Day gathered outside McConnell’s house this afternoon. The group, dressed in blue, shouted for justice and chalked a large mural that read, “Hey Mitch. We call BS. Let the people decide.”

Their demonstration came hours before Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination at the White House. “Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,” the president said in the Rose Garden. “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution—Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”

Newsweek reached out to McConnell’s office for comment.

Democrats and Trump critics have urged Republicans to wait until voters cast their ballots in the presidential election on November 3 before confirming the next Supreme Court justice. They have called on the Senate to act consistently with the decision in 2016 to block Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. At the time, Republican senators refused to hold a vote or hearing as they believed it was too close to the election.

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However, the GOP-controlled Senate has already indicated that Trump’s nominee would receive their vote. “The historical precedent is overwhelming, and it runs in one direction. If our Democratic colleagues want to claim they are outraged, they can only be outraged at the plain facts of American history,” McConnell said last week.

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At least two Republican senators have indicated that they will not support a vote on Barrett before Election Day. Republican Susan Collins of Maine on Tuesday said she will vote against any nominee before November 3 and urged her colleagues to follow the same procedure set by Garland in 2016.

“I made it very clear, yes, that I did not think there should be a vote prior to the election. And if there is one, I would oppose the nominee,” Collins told reporters, “not because I might not support that nominee under normal circumstances, but we’re simply too close to the election.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has sided with Collins. She also said the Senate shouldn’t vote before Americans vote.

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White House says Trump will accept ‘will of the people’ in election

The White House said on Thursday that President Trump will accept the results of a “fair” election in November, a day after the president said his reaction would depend on how well mail-in ballots are safeguarded.

“The president will accept the results of a free and fair election,” said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. “He will accept the will of the American people.”

Her comments came as authorities in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, said nine military mail-in ballots cast for Mr. Trump were found discarded. The investigation involving the state police and the FBI is ongoing.

Ms. McEnany blamed congressional Democrats for undermining confidence in the election, citing examples in which liberal lawmakers predicted that Mr. Trump won’t win fairly or will steal the election. She also noted that former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has urged Democrat Jospeh R. Biden not to concede the election under any circumstances.

Asked by a reporter on Wednesday if he would accept a peaceful transfer of power “win, lose or draw,” the president responded, “We’ll have to see what happens.”

“I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots,” Mr Trump said. “And the ballots are a disaster.”

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People are going mad for Stacey Solomon’s favourite Lazy Susans to organise everything from make-up to kitchen cupboards

WHETHER you follow Stacey Solomon for her relatable parenting methods or ingenious organising tips, one thing’s for certain, you too would have fallen in love with the Lazy Susan for all your storage needs.

We first saw the star, 30, show how she uses the turntable to perfectly contain canned goods in her pantry, but she isn’t the only one praising the cheap and irresistible hack.

Stacey Solomon, 30, is a fan of the Lazy Susan and uses it to store her canned goods

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Stacey Solomon, 30, is a fan of the Lazy Susan and uses it to store her canned goodsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
She showed off her clever hack earlier this year and admitted to loving it

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She showed off her clever hack earlier this year and admitted to loving itCredit: Instagram

Popular organising duo from The Home Edit, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, are also fans of the the rotating tray – which was originally designed to serve or store food.

In their hit Netflix show Get Organised With The Home Edit, the pair transform the houses of everyone from the regular working mum to Hollywood stars, and regularly use the clever storage system to restore order in panties, fridges, wardrobes and cabinets

Since it’s inception, the typically wooden item has increased in popularity, and now with cheap and versatile acrylic versions in various sizes and styles, it’s not hard to see why us regular folk have become obsessed.

One woman followed the likes of organising Queen Stacy and picked up a couple of Lazy Susans from Ikea.

The popular duo from The Home Edit also use them to store pantry items and admit it saves space and keeps things organised

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The popular duo from The Home Edit also use them to store pantry items and admit it saves space and keeps things organisedCredit: The Home Edit
Joanna Teplin (L) and Clea Shearer (R) share their organised wizardry on the popular Netflix show Get Organised With The Home Edit
Joanna Teplin (L) and Clea Shearer (R) share their organised wizardry on the popular Netflix show Get Organised With The Home Edit
They also use the acrylic rotating stands in bedrooms, bathrooms and other areas of the home

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They also use the acrylic rotating stands in bedrooms, bathrooms and other areas of the homeCredit: The Home Edit

Detailing on Facebook how she keeps her pantry organised, she wrote: “Recently did my quarterly pantry stocktake and did a bit of organising.”

Adding: “I find Lady Susans/Turntables are great to keep pantry stock on to utilise space and make it easy to reach for things at the back – an alternative to pullout drawers.”

But it’s not just pantries where they save on space, as one woman, named Lorenza Stewart-Young, 33, uses a three-tier number to keep her collection of skincare in order.

One woman raved about how much she loves using her Ikea Lazy Susan in her pantry

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One woman raved about how much she loves using her Ikea Lazy Susan in her pantryCredit: Mums Who Organise
She used one to store her canned goods and admits they're a good way to utilise space

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She used one to store her canned goods and admits they’re a good way to utilise spaceCredit: Mums Who Organise
She also keep containers on them which allows her to easily grab and go with ease

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She also keep containers on them which allows her to easily grab and go with easeCredit: Mums Who Organise

Sharing a snap of her enviable dresser in the Caroline Hirons Skincare Freaks Facebook group, she wrote: “Can someone please explain to me how I functioned as a human being and skincare freak before this organiser….?”

And added: “I don’t think anything costing 20 squids has brought

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People & Places: Bridenstine to speak at drive-in fund-raiser; Botanic Garden wants families to DIG | Lifestyles

Event sponsors include C & G Emanuel Charitable Foundation, Hillcrest Healthcare System, TAB Services, Gable Gotwals Counsel, The Oxley Foundation, TTCU Federal Credit Union, Ruhrpumpen, and Steelehouse Productions.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Hospitality House of Tulsa. To purchase tickets, and more information: 918-794-0088, hhtulsa.org.

TULSA BOTANIC GARDEN

Tulsa Botanic Garden’s eighth annual D.I.G. — short for Day In the Garden — will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, on the grounds of the garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive.

This family-friendly fundraiser was postponed from earlier this year and rescheduled with a few adjustments for safety.

Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to spread out on lawn areas for picnicking, and watching a Science Show presented by Tulsa’s BAM entertainment and a concert by the Tulsa-based band Hot Toast Music Company. Families will pick up activity kits containing crafts, puzzles and a scavenger hunt families can do in the garden. A photo booth will be set up with a photographer for family snapshots.

The garden will be decorated for their annual Autumn In the Garden, with more than 5,000 pumpkins, scarecrows made by the community, and a hay maze. Families will also be able to explore the two-acre Children’s Discovery Garden and Tandy Floral Terraces.

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