Students rebuke Notre Dame president for not wearing mask at White House

Jenkins’ behavior has outraged some members of the Notre Dame community, with more than 200 students signing a petition calling for his resignation after he was seen without a mask and shaking hands with other unmasked attendees at the Sept. 26 ceremony for Barrett, a Notre Dame faculty member and alumna.

The ceremony is now considered a likely superspreader event after multiple participants including President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus.

Now, Jenkins has not only been reprimanded by students, but he faces possible action from the Faculty Senate. They voted on Tuesday night 21-20 to postpone action on a resolution of no confidence in Jenkins, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

Jenkins last week apologized for his behavior, saying he regretted his “error of judgment in not wearing a mask” and that he decided to quarantine “in an abundance of caution.” The Student Senate on Oct. 1 voted down a resolution for Jenkins’ resignation, according to The Observer student newspaper.

The following day, he announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19, calling it “a good reminder for me and perhaps for all of how vigilant we need to be.” A university spokesperson did not respond Thursday when asked for an update on Jenkins’ condition.

Ashton Weber, one of the students who drafted the resolution for Jenkins’ resignation, on Tuesday wrote in The Observer that Jenkins’ diagnosis “strengthened” her belief that he should resign.

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GOP senator defends not wearing a mask at Rose Garden Supreme Court event

Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn appeared on ABC’s “The View.”

GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn, who attended the White House Rose Garden event two weekends ago now tied to at least 14 coronavirus cases, on Thursday defended her decision not to wear a mask at the event.

During an appearance on ABC’s “The View,” Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, said that while the event is a good reminder to Americans to take precautions, she was tested right before the event and behaved safely.

“I had been tested right before I went to the event I had my mask on and actually had it there on my arm when i walked into the event,” Blackburn said. “I took it off to walk into the event but you know it’s a great reminder to us wash your hands, wear gloves if you need, be certain you are using sanitizer.

PHOTO: Sen. Marsha Blackburn speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Sept. 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Sept. 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Sept. 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Blackburn, who said she has since tested negative for coronavirus, was at the White House during the event to witness Trump’s announcement of his Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Barrett’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Blackburn is a member, are set to begin on Monday.

PHOTO: Judge Amy Coney Barrett is nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 26, 2020.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 26, 2020.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 26, 2020.

But following the positive coronavirus tests of two Republican senators on the committee who attended the Rose Garden event, Democrats, who have consistently argued that the Senate should wait to confirm a new justice until after the next president is selected, have also argued that holding the hearings now is a safety concern.

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BuzzFeed pulls White House reporter over coronavirus concern, saying Trump aides largely not wearing masks

  • BuzzFeed News pulled its political reporter out of the White House press pool.
  • Trump administration aides in the facility have “largely not worn masks” or abided by other basic coronavirus protections, the news site said.
  • President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Trump aide Hope Hicks and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany all have tested positive for Covid-19 since last Thursday. So have three White House journalists.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Members of the White House press corps work outside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.


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Members of the White House press corps work outside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

BuzzFeed News pulled its political reporter out of the White House press pool on Wednesday, saying that Trump administration aides in the facility have “largely not worn masks” or abided by other basic coronavirus protections.

The news site’s decision to withdraw journalist Kadia Goba from the press pool came after images showed White House aides standing outside the White House not wearing masks. The pool is comprised of a rotating group of journalists who share details of presidential and facility events with their White House colleagues.

“We will not put our reporters at needless risk of getting a deadly disease — and neither should anyone else,” BuzzFeed Editor Mark Schoofs said in a Twitter post.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Trump aide Hope Hicks and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany all have tested positive for Covid-19 since last Thursday, along with multiple other people connected to the White House and the president.

Three White House journalists also have been diagnosed with the coronavirus since last week.

BuzzFeed News deputy editor-in-chief Tom Namako, in his own Twitter post wrote: “The Trump administration aides working in the White House have largely not worn masks or adhered to basic precautions around the coronavirus, including in their contacts with the press.”

“The safety of our reporters is paramount,” Namako added.

BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said that the news site is awaiting guidance from the White House Correspondents’ Association on future pool duty rotations, and on how the health of reporters there would be protected.

Politico reporter Meridith McGraw was dispatched to the White House to replace Goba in the press pool.



a group of people standing around a table: The White House stakeout cam (POOL 5/NY rem 115) caught a group of ten or so (possibly more) mask staffers at the EEOB gathered in close quarters eating outdoors. Many of these staffers were not wearing masks.


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The White House stakeout cam (POOL 5/NY rem 115) caught a group of ten or so (possibly more) mask staffers at the EEOB gathered in close quarters eating outdoors. Many of these staffers were not wearing masks.

Goba told The New York Times, “Anyone that knows me understands I’d rather be at the White House working today … but at the same time, there are obvious concerns about working indoors during an outbreak.”

“I don’t want to be knocked out for the rest of the election because I’m sick,” Goba said.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

McGraw on Wednesday afternoon tweeted a photo showing White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern and Trump’s trade advisor Peter Navarro talking

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Democratic chair of House committee investigating Speaker Michael Madigan accuses GOP of ‘wearing two hats,’ says no more meetings until after election

Accusing his Republican counterparts of engaging in “political theater” ahead of the Nov. 3 election, the Democratic chairman of a special Illinois House committee investigating the conduct of longtime Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday that the panel won’t meet again until the polls close.



Emanuel Chris Welch et al. looking at a laptop: State Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch addresses issues concerning seclusion in Chicago Public Schools during a meeting of the Illinois State Board of Education at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Nov. 22, 2019.


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State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch addresses issues concerning seclusion in Chicago Public Schools during a meeting of the Illinois State Board of Education at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Nov. 22, 2019.

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch of Hillside said in a statement that the three GOP lawmakers on the special investigating committee, formed in response to a petition from House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs, “are wearing two hats.”

“While sitting on a committee that is charged with conducting an impartial investigation based on the petition filed by Leader Durkin, the Republican members of this committee are also engaged in competitive political campaigns in which they have chosen to campaign almost exclusively against the speaker,” Welch said.

Welch took issue in particular with two committee members, Reps. Grant Wehrli of Naperville and Deanne Mazzochi of Elmhurst, participating in a campaign news conference on Monday, “effectively confirming their assumption of guilt and chiding Democratic opponents for not jumping to the same conclusion.”

Wehrli and Mazzochi are both engaged in competitive reelection battles against Democratic challengers who have received sizable campaign contributions from funds tied to Madigan, who also chairs the state Democratic Party.

Republicans have accused Welch of acting in defense of Madigan by blocking a vote last week to issue subpoenas to compel testimony from the powerful Southwest Side Democrat and other witnesses.

Earlier Tuesday, the leading Republican on the committee, Rep. Tom Demmer of Dixon, accused Welch of trying to slow-walk the investigating by requesting “a data dump” from Commonwealth Edison, which is at the center of the investigation

Durkin petitioned for the creation of the rarely used special investigating committee after ComEd in July admitted in a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office that it engaged in a yearslong bribery scheme aimed at currying favor with Madigan.

The only witness to testify before the committee to date, an executive with ComEd parent Exelon, confirmed that, among other actions, the utility paid Madigan associates through third-party companies despite the fact that they did little or no work.

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The committee is tasked with determining whether Madigan should be charged with engaging in “conduct unbecoming to a legislator” and face potential discipline.

While Republicans on the committee sought documents from ComEd pertaining to its communications with Madigan and close associate, Welch has requested a decade’s worth of documents detailing the company’s dealings with the administration of Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his two predecessors and the with current and former leaders of all four caucuses of the General Assembly.



Emanuel Chris Welch wearing a suit and tie: State Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch addresses the issues concerning seclusion in Chicago Public Schools at the Thompson Center in Chicago on Nov. 22, 2019.


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State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch

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Trump downplays Covid-19 on return to White House as Biden says wearing a mask should be seen as ‘patriotic’

Good morning, NBC News readers.

President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Monday evening, downplaying the virus that put him in the hospital for three nights and has killed more than 200,000 Americans.

Here’s what we’re watching this Tuesday morning.


‘Maybe I’m immune’ to Covid-19, Trump says in video after return to White House

President Trump returned to the White House on Monday evening after being treated for Covid-19 for three days at Walter Reed Medical Center — and immediately took off his mask to pose for pictures before walking inside.

The highly choreographed moment on the Truman Balcony came hours after Trump tweeted: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

Doctors, scientists and public health experts were outraged by the president’s comments downplaying the virus that has killed more than 211,000 people in the United States, according to NBC News latest count.

And the majority of Americans — 65 percent — are still very much afraid of the virus and are worried about someone in their family being exposed to it, according to the latest NBC News| SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking Poll.

But the president was more interested in projecting an optimistic and confident image of a man who’d beaten the virus.

“I learned so much about the coronavirus,” he said in one of two campaign videos he filmed on his arrival back at the White House. He described the top-of-the-line treatment he’d received as proof the virus could be contained. “Now I’m better. Maybe I’m immune. I don’t know,” Trump said.

Earlier in the day Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said that the president had improved enough to go back to the White House, but added the 74-year-old “may not be entirely out of the woods yet.”

Some medical experts questioned Trump’s speedy exit from the hospital, saying the first seven to 10 days of the illness are a critical period when things can quickly take a turn for the worse.

And despite Trump’s jubilant return to the White House, the mood inside the West Wing was less triumphant as Covid-19 infections continue to spread among staffers, NBC News’ Shannon Pettypiece reports.

“Folks are dropping like flies over here,” a White House official said. “S— is very crazy.”

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was the latest in a string of Trump administration aides and allies who have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days. The White House has become a center for a coronavirus outbreak affecting low-level aides to senators and some of Trump’s closest advisers, like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is in a hospital.

Follow our live blog for the latest updates on Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.


Biden says wearing masks should be seen as a ‘patriotic responsibility’

Meantime, in a town hall with NBC News’ Lester Holt in Miami on Monday night, Democratic nominee Joe Biden said that Trump bears some responsibility for contracting Covid-19.

“Look, anybody who contracts the virus by essentially saying masks don’t matter, social distancing doesn’t

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Top Trump officials seen not wearing masks or social distancing at White House Supreme Court announcement

Many of the guests for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination announcement arrived at Saturday’s event with masks on, but as the Rose Garden event got underway, masks were virtually non-existent.



Alex Azar, Eugene Scalia are posing for a picture: From right, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greet people after President Donald Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, on Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


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From right, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greet people after President Donald Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, on Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Some of the Trump administration’s top health officials, as well as other attendees, were seen not wearing masks or social distancing at the highest-profile event at the White House since the Republican National Convention in August.

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Seats for guests in the White House Rose Garden at the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett also did not appear spaced apart the recommended six feet, CNN reporters observed, as US deaths from the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 200,000.

The event stood in striking contrast with the ceremonies earlier this week at the Supreme Court and US Capitol honoring the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, where many attendees at both events wore masks and were careful interacting with one another. Trump, who went mask-less for Saturday’s event, wore a face covering when he paid respects to Ginsburg this week.

Alex Azar, the head of the Health and Human Services Department, put on a mask at one point during Trump’s speech announcing the President is nominating Barrett as the nominee.

But as he left the ceremony, the nation’s top health official fist-bumped without a mask on — going against the health recommendations he has espoused during the pandemic. Azar has repeatedly encouraged Americans to wear a facial covering and to practice social distancing.

CNN has reached out to HHS for comment.

Top administration officials, including Attorney General William Barr and Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist who is the latest addition to the White House coronavirus task force, were also seen without masks, shaking hands and interacting closely with other attendees.

Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at Brown University, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Saturday that “for one of the leaders of our country, of our Health and Human Services, walking around without a mask just sends the wrong message.”

“It is essential for all of us who hold positions of influence in healthcare and government, or just in media to wear masks when we’re out in public, to send that right message because that’s the only way that, right now, that we’re going to combat and succeed against this virus,” she said.

Ahead of the event, White House spokesman Judd Deere told CNN Saturday that anyone in close proximity to the President will be tested for Covid-19, and that there will be social distancing measures.

But two of Barrett’s colleagues at Notre Dame, who attended the Rose Garden event and were seated toward the front of the audience, said they were not tested

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What the White House testing czar had to say about Trump rallygoers not wearing masks

The White House’s coronavirus testing czar declined to comment Sunday when pressed by CNN’s Jake Tapper on how President Donald Trump’s decision to continue holding campaign rallies amid the coronavirus pandemic undermines the task force’s message on mask wearing and other prevention guidelines.



a man wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: Admiral Brett Giroir, U.S. assistant secretary for health, wears a protective mask during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump administration officials are set to defend the federal government's response to the coronavirus crisis at the hearing hosted by a House panel calling for a national plan to contain the virus. (Photo by Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images)


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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 31: Admiral Brett Giroir, U.S. assistant secretary for health, wears a protective mask during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump administration officials are set to defend the federal government’s response to the coronavirus crisis at the hearing hosted by a House panel calling for a national plan to contain the virus. (Photo by Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images)

Tapper asked Admiral Brett Giroir: “When President Trump holds a rally and there are no masks required and no social distancing, is that the example that you’re talking about when you talk about everybody needing to do their part to bring the numbers down?”

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Citing the high number of coronavirus deaths in the US, Tapper added, “How is this not a failure, and how is President Trump leading us out of it in the right way, according to your own words?”

Even as the coronavirus deaths in the US near 200,000, Trump has begun crisscrossing the US in the final stretch before the election and holding campaign rallies, which have the potential to be super spreader events.

Giroir said Sunday that people should be “empowered to know that they can slow the spread and change the course. They can save lives by doing the things we talk about, wearing a mask.”

Without directly commenting on the President’s behavior at rallies, Girior told Tapper, “Biology is independent of politics.”

“If you cannot physically distance, all the docs, all the public health experts, all of us are really unanimous that it’s important to wear a mask when you can not physically distance, avoid the indoor crowded space, wash your hands, combined with smart testing,” he said.

Tapper again pressed Giroir: “President Trump is doing these rallies. The people are not wearing masks. These are super spreader events potentially.”

“So, again, I just want to repeat what I said. Biology is independent of politics,” Giroir replied.

“Don’t tell me, tell President Trump,” Tapper said.

Trump’s recent campaign events have violated state mandates put in place to slow the spread of the pandemic and attendees have been seen without face masks and not social distancing. He also held his first entirely indoor rally last week in Nevada, which was in defiance of the state’s restriction on gatherings of 50 people or more.

On Sunday, Girior told CNN that mask wearing is a “critical step” to preventing the spread of coronavirus and said it was the responsibility of government officials to help people understand that.

“We always encourage the wearing of a mask, because it is a very important — it’s a critical step to prevent the spread,” Girior said. “And we want people to

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Protesters Wearing Curlers in Hair Surround Nancy Pelosi’s House Over Salon Controversy



Nancy Pelosi talking on a cell phone: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during a Day of Action For the Children event at Mission Education Center Elementary School on September 02, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Protesters wearing curlers in their hair showed up to hang blow dryers outside of Pelosi's home in protest of her indoor salon visit earlier this week.


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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during a Day of Action For the Children event at Mission Education Center Elementary School on September 02, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Protesters wearing curlers in their hair showed up to hang blow dryers outside of Pelosi’s home in protest of her indoor salon visit earlier this week.

Controversy over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to a hair salon continues to escalate as more than a dozen women wearing curlers in their hair showed up to protest at Pelosi’s house on Thursday.

Over a dozen women draped in plastic resembling a beauty salon smock showed up to Pelosi’s house in Pacific Heights, San Francisco and hung blow dryers in the trees outside her home.

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Pelosi has been the center of criticism from California salon owners and customers after footage of her Monday visit to a San Francisco salon was released. The surveillance video shows the congresswoman getting her hair done indoors with her mask around her neck.

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Many personal care workers in California were outraged by Pelosi’s treatment, calling her hypocritical because salons in the state had remained closed, or restricted to outdoor services, due to the coronavirus.

Salons in San Francisco were permitted to reopen outdoors a day after Pelosi’s visit, according to the city’s health department. Face masks are still required to be worn during these services.

On Wednesday, Pelosi defended the trip, saying she was “set up” by the salon and that she had not known she was in violation of local health orders.

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times,” Pelosi said during a Wednesday press conference. “And that when they said they could accommodate people one person at a time and that we could set up that time, I trusted that. As it turns out, it was a setup. So I take responsibility for falling for a setup.”

The owner of the salon, Erica Kious, denied Pelosi’s claim in an interview with Fox News. Kious told host Tucker Carlson that she had lost 60 percent of her clients as a result of the incident.

In response to Pelosi’s remarks that the salon owes her an apology, the owner said, she doesn’t “owe anyone an apology.”

“Mrs. Pelosi owes the entire country an apology. If America goes in front of Congress and lies, they go to jail. But apparently, when the most powerful woman in the world lies to America, we owe her an apology,” Kious added on Thursday.

President Donald Trump also shamed Pelosi for her salon treatment, tweeting “does anyone want a Speaker of the

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