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VP Pence Is ‘Maintaining Some Distance’ From President Trump ‘For The Immediate Future’ Amid Concerns Over Coronavirus

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Vice President Mike Pence is social distancing from President Trump “for the immediate future” after one of his top aides tested positive for COVID-19.

Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for Pence, tested positive for the virus on Friday. A senior administration official added that Pence would be “maintaining some distance for the immediate future” based on consultation and medical advice received from the White House medical unit.

President Trump spoke on Monday and stated that he hasn’t seen the vice president since it was confirmed that Miller had the coronavirus. Pence was not in attendance at the president’s daily briefing in the Rose Garden, nor did he attend a meeting that was held at the White House on Saturday.

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The White House staff received a Monday memo directing “everyone who enters the West Wing to wear a mask or facial covering.”

The vice president’s intention to keep a safe distance from the president follows weekend reports that the White House had not made plans to keep them separated.

Pence is scheduled to hold a meeting of the coronavirus task force on Tuesday, the senior official told the Washington Examiner. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allow for essential workers exposed to an infected person to return to work after a negative test. Pence has repeatedly tested negative since learning of Miller’s infection.

Katie Miller is married to another top aide to the president, Stephen Miller, who according to reports spends quite a bit of time with Trump, his daughter Ivanka, and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

After news of Miller’s testing positive for the illness, many of the health experts currently working at the White House immediately went into self-quarantine, including Dr. Anthony Fauci among others.

Here’s to hoping Pence and Trump both remain safe and healthy so they can lead our nation at a time when we need their strong leadership the most.

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Enormous Confederate Carving Subject of Renewed Debate

Will Stone Mountain be vanquished by an army of virtue signalers?

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Over the course of the last several years, and with a vast acceleration in 2020, municipalities around the nation have been removing, renaming, and re-dedicating a number of Confederate monuments now deemed offensive in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Not everyone is a fan of the move, however, with opponents often suggesting that this is a revision of history, and that these men were also American soldiers, in a way. Now, one of the largest Confederate monuments in the world, the carving on the side of Stone Mountain in Georgia, is facing renewed calls for removal. Crowds are growing larger at the monthly meetings of the Georgia board considering what to do about the giant carving of Confederacy leaders in Stone Mountain. But officials seem no closer to an answer. The Stone Mountain Memorial Association decided to make a few changes last month, but they weren’t enough to placate people who want the monument removed. A museum exhibit will tell the story of the carving, as well as the site’s ties to the Ku Klux Klan. But having to make those decisions could increase the volume and the pressure on the board, NPR reports. Critics have pointed out that the carving is a modern piece, and not a relic of a bygone era. “Where we go from there?” asked the board’s chairman, the Rev. Abraham Mosley. “I don’t know.” Putting the site in a Georgia context seems like a challenge. None of the three men—Confederate Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, and Confederacy President Jefferson Davis—was from the area, and no battles were fought there. As a piece of history, it’s not that historic, having been completed in 1972. The monument sits within Stone Mountain Park, an amusement park of sorts, that has lost a number…

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Russia Continues Harassment of American Military Just 35 Miles Off US Coast

That’s a little too close for comfort.

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When it comes to dealing with Russia, much of the US policy is straightforward, and likely on account of the fact that the Kremlin has been pulling the same, silly stunts for decades now. In fact, it’s getting a little stale. Russia loves to use her military as a nuisance to the United States, posing danger at times, certainly, but most often just being undeniably annoying. This week was no exception. Russia’s defense ministry has announced it sunk an aircraft carrier just 35 miles off the coast of Hawaii in a huge war games exercise that has alarmed the US. At least 20 Russian warships, submarines, and support vessels, flanked by 20 fighter jets, are taking part in the exercises – the biggest since the Cold War. Russia says that they are 300 miles off the coast of Hawaii, yet unconfirmed satellite images from June 19 appear to show them much closer – within 35 miles of the U.S. state. The moves have forced the US military into action. Twice this month – on June 14 and 18 – the U.S. scrambled F-22s from Hawaii in response to Russian bomber flights. Neither time did the bombers enter the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) perimeter, and so they were not intercepted. On June 17 the Navy admitted that the USS Carl Vinson and her strike group were operating near Hawaii, without revealing when they had arrived, or why. It has been only a few days since Russian President Vladimir Putin met with US President Joe Biden in Geneva, in a meeting that both men seemed to suggest was a success. This latest Kremlin aggression begs to differ.

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