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Rally workers test positive as Trump supporters gather in Tulsa.

Ahead of President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday night, his campaign acknowledged that six staff members who were working on the event had tested positive for the virus during routine screening.

“Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented,” said a campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh.

“No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today’s rally or near attendees and elected officials,” he said. “As previously announced, all rally attendees are given temperature checks before going through security, at which point they are given wristbands, facemasks and hand sanitizer.”

Following a relatively quiet night in Tulsa, Trump supporters assembled Saturday morning near the BOK Center — where Mr. Trump is scheduled to hold his evening rally — adding to the voters who had staked out his event for days, camping in lawn chairs and tents in a line that stretched for several blocks.

The mood among many supporters was exuberant as they awaited the president’s return to the campaign trail after months without rallies amid the coronavirus outbreak. Some attendees already knew each other from previous Trump events and reunited with old friends, others played music or struck up chants of “four more years!”

A few hundred supporters gathered Saturday morning at Fourth and Cheyenne, the first rally checkpoint, about two blocks from the arena. A majority of them wore red MAGA hats, while others had on hats with patriotic emblems or colors. Some waved red, white and blue banners with the Trump 2020 logo, the American flag, or the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. Some wore them like capes. Almost none wore masks.

“If it is God’s will that I get coronavirus, that is the will of the Almighty,” said Robert Montanelli, a resident of a Tulsa suburb who chose not to wear a mask. “I will not live in fear.”

Angela, a Tulsa city employee who refused to give her last name, also said she did not want to wear a mask. “I am a healthy young woman,” she said. She compared coronavirus to the flu.

Mike Pellerin, from Austin, Texas, wore a T-shirt saying “Are we dead yet?” “I am 68,” he said proudly. “I don’t feel sick. I don’t have the virus. I’m not going to give it to anyone.”

Mr. Trump’s team is hoping to fill the 19,000-seat BOK Center in this deep-red state even as he faces plunging poll numbers nationally, and in key battleground states.

Mr. Trump is scheduled to attend two events in Tulsa: He will deliver brief remarks at what the White House called a “Great American Comeback Celebration” event, and then he will attend the rally inside the arena.

Just before noon on Saturday, the police arrested a woman in an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt outside the BOK Center, the Tulsa World reported. Sheila Buck, who lives in the city, said she had a ticket to the rally and was arrested for trespassing.

Black leaders in Tulsa call for mayor to cancel rally.

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Just hours before President Trump’s rally was set to begin in Tulsa, local black leaders held a news conference in the city’s Greenwood neighborhood pleading with the mayor to cancel the event.

The community members, which included religious leaders and civil rights activists, stood in front of the memorial dedicated to the victims of the racist massacre of black Tulsans by a white mob in 1921.

Invoking the tragedy, they argued that the rally would wound a city that has worked hard at creating a shared language of racial reconciliation. They also said the city’s black community may bear the brunt of a coronavirus resurgence, if the rally helps increase infections in the area.

“It is purposeful that this moment is happening to Tulsa right now,” said Greg Robinson II, a progressive activist who is running for mayor.

The leaders’ focus on the mayor, G.T. Bynum, is intentional. Bynum, a Republican, has tried to cast himself as a friend of the city’s black community, and he serves on the city’s centennial commission to recognize the 100th anniversary of the massacre next year.

Mr. Bynum said this week that the city was “honored’’ to be hosting Mr. Trump’s rally.

Pastor Robert Turner of the Vernon A.M.E. church on Greenwood Avenue, one of the only structures still standing from 1921, said he understood the chances that the mayor would cancel the rally were slim. But he said the leaders sought to pressure Mr. Bynum to “stand up the president.”

“This is more about scoring political points with this president than the health of their citizens,” Mr. Turner said.

The leaders are also pressing in their campaign for reparations for descendants of the 1921 event. Mr. Bynum has previously called the desire for reparations “divisive,” but Mr. Turner said that bringing Mr. Trump to the state was the more controversial act. “Your city has been divided since 1921,” Mr. Turner said, speaking to the mayor.

On May 30, 1921, the Greenwood district of Tulsa was a thriving black community, a rarity in an era of lynchings, segregation and a rapidly growing Ku Klux Klan. By sunrise on June 2, Greenwood lay in ruins, burned to the ground by a mob of white people, aided and abetted by the National Guard.

The death toll may have been as high as 300, with hundreds more injured and an estimated 8,000 or more left homeless.

Mr. Trump’s remarks are scheduled to come one day after the Juneteenth holiday, which celebrates the abolition of slavery in the United States. The rally was originally scheduled to fall on the holiday, but Mr. Trump moved it to Saturday after public pressure and quiet lobbying.

Minnesota lawmakers failed to compromise on police overhaul measures.


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Political leaders in Minnesota promised sweeping reforms after George Floyd’s killing turned their state into a focal point for nationwide fury and grief over police killings and racism.

But those efforts collapsed early on Saturday as leaders in the Minnesota Legislature — the only one in the country where Democrats control one chamber and Republicans the other — failed to compromise on a package of law-enforcement reform measures before a special session ended.

Ultimately, legislators could not come to an agreement that reconciled the Democrats’ calls for far-reaching changes to police oversight with Republicans’ efforts to pass a shorter list of “common-sense police reforms,” which included banning chokeholds in most situations and requiring officers to stop their colleagues from using unreasonable force.

Democrats said the Republicans’ plan consisted of tepid half-steps that were already in place in most law-enforcement agencies and did not rise to the moment’s calls for dramatic action. Republicans balked at Democratic proposals to restore voter rights to tens of thousands of felons and put the state’s attorney general, Keith Ellison, a Democrat, in charge of prosecuting police killings.

Democrats in the House shared a late counteroffer, dropping those demands. And Republican leaders said they had agreed to alter arbitration proceedings when officers are accused of misconduct.

But as the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline on Friday — and then far past it — leaders of both parties blamed each other for failing to reach a compromise. The breakdown finally came just after 6 a.m. on Saturday, when both chambers adjourned without a deal.

The Legislature’s failure to pass a bill was a disheartening turn for activists who have pushed for far-reaching changes to policing, including cutting police budgets or dismantling police departments altogether to reduce the presence of armed officers in minority neighborhoods.

Some lawmakers said they hoped that Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, would call them back again next week or later in the summer to take up the issues, but activists worried that the window to change the laws was closing as the 2020 election approaches.

In Colorado on Friday, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a bill to remove the shield of legal immunity that has long protected police officers from civil suits for on-the-job misconduct, a measure civil libertarians hailed as landmark legislation.

The Colorado state legislature passed the bill last week.

Mr. Polis, a first-term Democrat, took the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, celebrating the abolition of slavery in the United States, to formally enact the law.

Two people were shot in Seattle’s ‘autonomous zone.’


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Part of a Seattle neighborhood overtaken by protesters was the scene of a shooting Saturday that left one person dead and another wounded, officials said.

The shooting unfolded early Saturday morning near the main entrance of a protester-run area that has been celebrated as a “no cop” zone. Last week, the Seattle Police Department made the unusual decision to abandon a police station in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, board up the windows and let protesters have free rein outside, in the wake of demonstrations nationwide over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Protesters took over several city blocks, named it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone and put up a banner on the front entrance of the now-empty station reading, “This space is now property of the Seattle people.” The zone, with the atmosphere of a street festival or commune, drew the ire of President Trump, who called on Twitter for officials to crack down on protesters and declared that “Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle.”

The authorities said the victim who died was a 19-year-old man, and the person wounded was a man of unknown age who was being treated for life-threatening injuries.

The Seattle police said in a statement that the shooting occurred inside the protest zone. Officers responded to a report of shots fired at about 2:30 a.m. in Cal Anderson Park, inside the autonomous zone, which is also being called the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (C.H.O.P.) area.

“Officers attempted to locate a shooting victim but were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers’ safe access to the victims,” the police statement said. The police later said that they had been informed that the two men had been transported to the hospital by protest-zone medics.

The suspect or suspects had fled, they said, and the motive behind the shooting was not known.

The police acknowledged the unusual circumstances of conducting a homicide investigation in a no-police zone, writing in their statement that detectives are “conducting a thorough investigation, despite the challenges presented by the circumstances.”

Videos taken at the scene and posted on social media by Converge Media showed the volunteer medics racing through crowds of onlookers in the pre-dawn darkness.

As armed police officers in riot gear entered the zone, people screamed, “The victim left the premises!”

Tensions were high as some protesters appeared to object to the entry of the police. At one point, protesters briefly surrounded a police car and then yelled, as the vehicle sped away, “Whose streets? Our streets!”

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington said on Saturday that he was saddened to hear of the shooting, but he said it was clear that the government needed to be able to provide protection for all citizens, including in that zone.

“We have to have a way to provide police services and fire services in that area,” Mr. Inslee said.

George Floyd’s death has renewed scrutiny of past cases.


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The story of Elijah McClain’s death, which came after he was confronted and detained by police officers last year in Aurora, Colo., did not go unnoticed by residents and the local news media in the weeks that followed.

Articles were published, and a few modest rallies were held. But it was nothing like the avalanche of fresh attention his killing received after the death last month of George Floyd sent thousands of protesters onto the nation’s streets, including in Colorado.

Now the story of Mr. McClain — a 23-year-old black man who had committed no crime but was reported as “suspicious” by a 911 caller — has come to occupy a central place in the state’s emotional and fast-moving debate over police reform.

“If George Floyd didn’t die, I don’t think people would have paid attention to Elijah McClain,” said Tay Anderson, an activist and director of the Denver Public Schools board, in an interview. “I think people would have continued to ignore it.”

Mr. McClain’s killing is among many deadly episodes involving the police that are now receiving renewed scrutiny in the wake of outrage over the death of Mr. Floyd.

Across the nation, from San Francisco to Houston to Duluth, Minn., the names of other men and women killed in confrontations with the police are now on the lips of protesters or back on the pages of the local newspapers.

From Washington to Golden Gate Park, statues and monuments continue to be removed.


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In the late hours of Friday evening, statues of Confederate figures were yanked off their pedestals by cheering crowds of protesters in two Eastern cities and paraded through the streets, while on the West Coast, protesters pulled down figures from early in the nation’s history.

After several attempts, protesters in Washington toppled and set fire to a statue of Albert Pike, a Confederate general whose monument has been targeted for removal by different groups for decades. The statue stood in Judiciary Square about half a mile from the Capitol.

Shortly afterward, President Trump tweeted that “the D.C. Police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn. These people should be immediately arrested. A disgrace to our Country!”

Earlier in the evening, in Raleigh, N.C., protesters pulled down the bronze statues of two Confederate soldiers that had been attached to the base of a 75-foot-tall monument on the grounds of the State Capitol. Pictures and video from the scene showed people pulling one of the statues off the pedestal, dragging it through the street and then hanging it from a sign pole.

And in San Francisco, videos on social media showed protesters in Golden Gate Park bringing down monuments of Junípero Serra, a Spanish priest who founded some of the first Catholic missions in California, and Francis Scott Key, the writer of the lyrics to the national anthem and a slave owner.

These are just the latest monuments associated with racial oppression to come down across the country, most of them by the orders of authorities but some at the hands of demonstrators.

Protesters have removed or defaced statues of Christopher Columbus from Miami to Boston, toppled statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson — both slaveholders — in Portland, Ore., and pushed authorities to take down Confederate monuments in Alabama.

How the death of Breonna Taylor changed a Senate race.


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Senate Democrats thought they had it all planned out.

Maybe they could not defeat Senator Mitch McConnell, their legislative bête noire, in Kentucky this November. But by nominating Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot who earned a national following in a close 2018 House race, they figured they could keep the race relatively competitive, raise cash against the majority leader and perhaps draw some extra money for their efforts to reclaim the Senate.

Then came the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, who was shot eight times after officers entered her apartment in Louisville with a battering ram. And suddenly everything changed.

Ms. McGrath now finds herself in a rapidly tightening race against Charles Booker, a 35-year-old African-American state representative who was tear-gassed by the police at a recent protest.

With just over a week until the Democratic primary, the fury in Kentucky over Ms. Taylor’s death, uncertainty about voting in a pandemic and a host of late endorsements from progressive leaders have provided fresh momentum to Mr. Booker’s candidacy — upending a nominating contest few in the national party were even following last month.

“I’m traveling Kentucky talking about structural racism and I’m seeing folks, even 99 percent white, putting their fists in the air because they know that we can’t let this moment pass,” Mr. Booker, clad in a “No More No Knocks” T-shirt, recounted to a multiracial audience in Lexington.

After Bubba Wallace spoke up, NASCAR banned the Confederate battle flag.


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Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., the only black driver in NASCAR’s top racing series, has drawn widespread attention and acclaim for his stand that got the Confederate battle flag banned from races in a largely white sport.

And after years of often quiet acceptance of what he described as the sport’s “racist label,” nobody was more surprised than his mother that he had become a central figure in the sports world’s upheaval over race.

“I was shocked,” his mother, Desiree Wallace, said. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, is this my son — the one who doesn’t really care about anything but getting in the car and driving?’ I’m tripping that he’s gone from being a racecar driver to becoming a doggone activist.”

Unlike other black athletes now speaking out in a tide of conversation about race, Bubba Wallace has found his voice in a sport surrounded by white peers. Many have supported him, but others have stayed silent.

For a long time, Bubba Wallace — a 26-year-old who was born in Mobile, Ala., and grew up in the heart of North Carolina’s NASCAR country — tried to focus solely on racing. From the time he first started racing a souped-up go-kart at age 9, his main concern was simply going fast and crossing the finish line first.

As he would show up at races with his father, Darrell Sr., who is white, and sometimes his mother, who is black, he put on his helmet and blended in.

“I never saw color and never thought I was treated differently because I was black,” he said. “I was way too young to understand what a trailblazer was or a pioneer was.”

Reporting was contributed by Maggie Astor, Mike Baker, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Shaila Dewan, Richard Fausset, Ben Fenwick, Manny Fernandez, Katie Glueck, Maggie Haberman, Jack Healy, Astead Herndon, Juliet Macur, Jonathan Martin and Campbell Robertson.



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Ranked: America’s Most Searched and Visited News Sites by State



America's Most Searched News Sites

Ranked: America’s Most Searched News Sites by State

America is known to have significant distinctions at the state-by-state level, and data suggests this trend extends to popular news sources. To learn more, this infographic from SEMRush ranks U.S. news websites by search volume and popularity across U.S. states.

Here’s how the top 15 news sites compare when ranked by monthly visitors, as well as the number of states the news source is most searched for in:

  News Site Monthly Visitors State Search Popularity Top Metro Area
1 Yahoo! News 175 million 12 Eureka, California (CA)
2 Google News 150 million 3 Eureka, California (CA)
3 Huff Post 110 million 1 Eureka, California (CA)
4 CNN 95 million 7 Bend, Oregon (OR)
5 The New York Times 70 million 1 Charlottesville, Virginia (VA)
6 Fox News 65 million 11 Glendive, Montana (MT)
7 NBC News 63 million 3 Charlottesville, Virginia (VA)
8 MailOnline 53 million 1 West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce, Florida (FL)
9 The Washington Post 47 million 1 Washington, DC and Hagerstown, Maryland (MD)
10 The Guardian 42 million 1 Juneau, Alaska (AK)
11 The Wall Street Journal 40 million 1 Charlottesville, Virginia (VA)
12 ABC News 36 million 5 Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri (MO)
13 BBC News 35 million 2 Eureka, California (CA)
14 USA Today 34 million 10 Wausau and Rhinelander, Wisconsin (WI)
15 Los Angeles Times 32 million 1 Palm Springs, California (CA)

Political affiliation plays a large role in determining each state’s favored news sites. Blue states lean towards Google News and CNN, while red states overwhelmingly choose Fox News.

The Most Popular News Sites

Yahoo News is the most popular news website in America, bringing in a massive 175 million monthly visitors. In addition, they’re the most searched for news site in 12 states—the highest of any website. The company’s history has been a roller coaster ride and at different times Yahoo intended to acquire Google and Facebook. Both companies went on to be worth over $1 trillion each, while Yahoo shrank some 90% from when it was once worth $125 billion.

The New York Times has 60 million monthly visitors, but in recent years, has pivoted towards the coveted and trending paid subscription model. This decision is paying off well, as the site now has 6.1 million paid subscribers—more than any of its competitors. Consequently, the New York Times’ share price hit a record high in December 2020.

HuffPost, and their audience of 110 million, were bought by BuzzFeed from Verizon in November of 2020. The two organizations have some history together, as BuzzFeed co-founder Jonah Peretti was also one of the early founders of HuffPost.

CNN is seeing a fall in ratings ever since Donald Trump left office. By some measures has witnessed a 36% decline in primetime viewers in the new year.

Google News experiences 125 million visitors a month, ranking second overall. That said, they stand tall relative to their competitors by overall visits to their main site. Here, Google hits 92.5 billion monthly visits, while Yahoo experiences a more modest 3.8 billion. Unlike legacy media news companies, Google has managed to increase their market share of U.S. advertising revenues, due to more ads going digital.

The Modern News Landscape

Overall, the modern news industry has been a tough landscape to operate in. Here are some of the reasons why:

First, the internet has removed barriers to where people obtain information, and revenue streams have been disrupted in the process. The advertising business model of news organizations is cutthroat to compete in, and there has been plenty of consolidation and layoffs.

Lastly, trust in traditional news and media organizations has been declining amongst Americans, from nearly 60% to 46% since 2019.

Year A lot of Trust (%) Some Trust (%) Very Little/ No Trust (%)
1994 35 37 27
1996 36 39 24
1998 34 40 25
2000 36 40 23
2002 35 43 21
2004 30 40 29
2006 31 40 28
2008 24 43 31
2010 22 41 36
2012 21 39 38
2014 18 42 39
2016 21 38 40
2018 20 34 45
2020 18 33 49

To add to this, on a global basis, the U.S. ranks well below most major countries based on trust in news media.

Some organizations like The Washington Post and The New York Times have opted out of the advertising model, moving towards the direction of premium subscriptions. But only 20% of the Americans pay for their news, which could lead to stiff competition down the road.

The Future Of News

There are serious concerns about the future of news in the era of spreading misinformation. Up to 43% of Americans say the media are doing a very “poor/poor job” in supporting democracy. But despite this waning trust, 84% of Americans view news media as “critical” or “very important”.

What will the future of media look like throughout the 21st century and how will this impact the most popular news sites of today?

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The New York Times just turned one of its columns into an NFT

The buyer will have the chance to be featured in the major newspaper and all proceeds of the sale will go to an NYT charity fund.

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The New York Times has turned one of its columns into a non-fungible token (NFT) and it’s up for grabs.

“Why can’t a journalist join the NFT party, too?” wrote NYT tech columnist Kevin Roose in a tweet thread explaining the initiative. 

According to the column, the proceeds of the 24-hour sale will go to the publication’s Neediest Cases Fund, which supports social causes in New York and elsewhere. In addition to this, the buyer will be featured in a follow-up article about the sale, along with their name, affiliation, and an image of their choosing. Buyers also have the option to remain anonymous. 

At press time, the NFT was bidding at 4.65 ETH (about $7,600) on NFT marketplace Foundation, which hosted the sale of the “Nyan Cat” graphic for $600,000. 

The Times is the latest publication to explore the use of NFTs, which are akin to digital certificates or tags connected to a piece of art or creative work. The data is held in the form of a token on a blockchain network, with the idea being that said tokens are unique and scarce.

TIME Magazine has minted and is in the process of selling three of its issue covers, currently bidding at 31 ETH (nearly $53,000). Quartz sold its first NFT news article for 1 ETH (about $1,800).

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