The Daily Populous

Monday May 25th, 2020 evening edition

image for US beaches, parks full on Memorial Day weekend despite pandemic

The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the United States brought big crowds to some beaches, parks and other destinations across the country, and warnings from experts about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules.

The outbreak in the US, the hardest-hit country in the world, has killed nearly 100,000 people and infected 1,626,000.

In the Tampa area, along Florida's Gulf Coast, the crowds were so big that authorities took the extraordinary step of closing parking lots.

The county's sheriff, Bob Gualtieri, said about 300 deputies were patrolling the beaches to ensure people did not get too close.

In the state of Missouri, people packed bars and restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks, a vacation hot spot popular with Chicagoans, over the weekend.

People gather on the beach for the Memorial Day weekend in Port Aransas, Texas [Eric Gay/The Associated Press].

"We're expecting there to be less people on the trails than being open all day," said Grand Canyon spokesperson Lily Daniels. »

Donald Trump, the Most Unmanly President

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It cannot explain why millions of men look the other way when Trump acts in ways they would typically find shameful.

Whenever he is in the company of Russian President Vladimir Putin, to take the most cringe-inducing example, he visibly cowers.

His attempts to ingratiate himself with Putin are embarrassing, especially given how effortlessly Putin can bend Trump to his will. »

Judge rules against Florida on felons paying fines to vote

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday.

It involves a state law to implement a 2016 ballot measure approved by voters to automatically restore the right to vote for many felons who have completed their sentence.

The judge called the Florida rules a “pay to vote” system that are unconstitutional when applied to felons “who are otherwise eligible to vote but are genuinely unable to pay the required amount.”. »

Biden swipes at Trump: 'Presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart'

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Biden in a tweet said the presidency required more than "tweeting from your golf cart," a reference to Trump's decision to spend Memorial Day weekend at his private golf club in Virginia.

"The presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart.

"Additionally, Dr. Fauci expressly said that Americans should get outdoors this weekend and specifically mentioned golf as a good activity. »