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Prince William Faces Backlash after Calling Out Racist Comments

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Twitter users criticized Prince William for defending English soccer players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho, instead of his sister-in-law, Meghan Markle.

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  • After England lost the European Championship to Italy 3-2 during an overtime shootout, the three Black English players received an onslaught of racist comments via social media for missing penalty kicks.
  • England quickly fought back against the remarks. Police officials began an investigation into the posts, and several British leaders defended the players, such as Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Football Association, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
  • Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, and his wife Kate Middleton took to their Twitter account to voice their opinion on the situation. The couple stated they felt disgusted by the comments. They also mentioned that any person harassing Rashford, Saka, and Sancho should be held accountable for their actions.

  • Although the Duke and Duchess attempted to appeal to the masses, social media users thought their statement was superficial. Some followers raised his behavior towards Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during and after their time in the Royal Family. One user said the tweet “screamed performative”. Another mentioned how William supported the family’s decision to stay quiet after Meghan’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

  • Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, appeared on television in March to explain why she and her husband, Prince Harry, left the Royal Family. She claimed she faced severe racist abuse from members of the monarchy for the color of her skin. Meghan additionally stated that some people in the Royal Family worried about her firstborn’s skin color during her pregnancy. The Duchess of Sussex faced criticism and backlash from the British media for the same issue, and the Royal Family did nothing to stop it. Her experiences resulted in her becoming suicidal. The couple’s exit from royalty, and the interview caused a rift between them and the Royal Family.
  • The Windsors rapidly denied all of Meghan’s declarations; a day after the interview’s release, Buckingham Palace released a statement in which it announced the whole family felt “saddened” by Meghan’s accusations. Among these members dismissing her emotions was Prince William, who publicly stated his household was not a racist one.

Despite rejecting Meghan’s experiences, Buckingham Palace revealed they would take initiatives to help the Windsors become more inclusive. This would involve them hiring more diverse employees, participating in workshops, and engage with more charities and organizations.

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Senate Prepares to Move Forward with Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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On Monday, the Senate pushed to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill just hours after its legislative language was completed and unveiled. Senators who created the proposal expect it to clear the upper chamber in the following days.

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  • Senate negotiators completed the 2,702-page bill on Sunday night. The bill, known as H.R. 3684, aims to provide $550 billion to fund the nation’s roads, bridges, railways, and public transit systems.
  • Since then, the Senate began taking up two amendments to the proposal. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer previewed three bipartisan amendments for consideration. Currently, it is uncertain how many amendments the Senate will consider. However, Schumer wants to vote on amendments quickly; he also noted that the first three “constitute only the first tranche of potential amendments.”
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell commented that H.R. 3684’s text lays out “a good and important jumping point for what needs to be a robust and bipartisan process” on the Senate floor. McConnell added that an “artificial timetable” must not affect the Senate’s “full consideration” of the bill.
  • On July 28, the bipartisan group of Senators and the White House reached an agreement on H.R. 3684’s details. Officials also voted 66-28 on the deal, which opened the package to potential changes during the amendment process. After this, Senators worked throughout the weekend to hammer out the legislative language.
  • If the Senate passes H.R. 3684, it will be a significant victory for President Joe Biden. A key proposal in his economic agenda, Biden boasted on the impact H.R. 3684 will hold on the nation. On Sunday, he tweeted that the deal is the most important investment in America’s public transit history. He additionally stated the bill will impact the U.S. just as much as the invention of the Amtrak 50 years ago.

If Congress approves H.R. 3684, it will ensure that Democrats may begin work on a $3.5 trillion proposal that focuses on Biden’s plans for childcare, healthcare, education, the environment, and possibly immigration. Doing so will ensure another success on Pres. Biden’s behalf.

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Florida Breaks Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations

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Florida recently saw 10,207 hospitalizations caused by coronavirus cases, the highest number since July 23, 2020.

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  • On July 23, 2020, Florida reached a high of 10,170 hospitalizations, just six months before the COVID-19 vaccine became available. The new record makes Florida the leader in per capita hospitalizations for the virus.
  • Most of the new cases come from the highly contagious Delta variant. On average, Florida sees 1,525 adult and 35 children hospitalizations daily. In addition, Saturday revealed a peak in positive numbers, as the stated reported  21,683 occurrences of COVID-19. The day prior, the Sunshine State saw 17,093 cases.
  • Many hospital employees believed the excess hospitalizations would end soon because of an increase in vaccinations. However, the Delta variant changed all this. The Associated Press wrote that several hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic Florida and the UF Health North emergency room, needed to operate overcapacity and put beds in hallways to treat patients; the Mayo Clinic will continue to do so until the current surge ends. In Tampa, some local ambulances already needed to divert ambulances to other locations because of capacity concerns.
  • The higher numbers also are a direct result of a loosening of restrictions and a governor’s stubbornness. Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis actively declares he will not enact any more mask mandates and vaccine requirements. Along with the state Legislature, this makes it difficult for local officials to impose restrictions that will ease the positive numbers.
  • Medical officials scorned DeSantis for his adamance on the issue. Dr. Bernard Ashby, a Miami-based vascular cardiologist and Florida State Lead for the Committee to Protect Health Care, commented that the state would not be in its position now if DeSantis focused more on lowering cases than proving Dr. Anthony Fauci wrong. Gainesville infectious disease expert Dr. Frederick Southwick agreed with Ashby’s statement, saying that DeSantis needed to stop acting like “Florida won the pandemic.”

DeSantis recently announced that Florida would resist any federal authorities’ campaigns to enforce mask mandates inside schools despite the criticism.

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NY Attorney General: Gov. Cuomo harassed women, tried to retaliate against accuser

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NEW YORK — Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday announced the findings of her inquiry into accusations against Andrew Cuomo, concluding that the governor sexually harassed multiple women. James said victims included current and former employees, and that Cuomo tried to retaliate against at least one woman who came forward. Over 179 people were interviewed.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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