A person passes discarded Christmas trees along a sidewalk on January 14, 2014 in New York City. With thousands of trees being thrown out following the holidays, the New York City Parks Department is planning to use trees donated to the city’s Mulchfest recycling program to create dunes along portions of beach at the Rockaways to help fight erosion following Hurricane Sandy. The man-made dunes, which will include up to 3,000 old Christmas trees, are part of a larger program by the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen the beach at Rockaway.
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Park Slope residents are pointing to another casualty of the never-ending winter: dead Christmas trees, denied a proper burial. Since it started snowing and never stopped, the once-festive decorations are still strewn about Park Slope, reports DNAinfo, which counted about two dozen trees and other holiday detritus on neighborhood blocks. The Department of Sanitation said garbage collectors plan to pick up the trees, but can’t if they remain frozen to the sidewalks. “But they’re getting so gross that my dog ignores them now,” one resident said. That’s right, even peeing dogs are sick ofthem.
Trump has solicited advice on the virus from a medley of voices, with anyone gaining access to him able to bend his ear about possible treatments. The chorus includes Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, who has paid regular visits to the Oval Office to discuss hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug that Trump promoted as a cure for the coronavirus despite scientific studies showing that the drug if used as a treatment could have deadly side effects.
The president recently hosted Andrew Whitney, a biopharmaceuticals executive on the board of a company called Phoenix, who met in the Oval Office with Trump. Whitney, who has a limited health background, pitched Trump on a botanical extract called oleandrin as a treatment for the coronavirus, according to two senior administration officials with knowledge of the discussion.
One official said Mike Lindell, a Trump booster and the chief executive of MyPillow — who stars as pitchman for his product in advertising on some of the Fox News shows Trump watches — helped arrange the meeting. Since then, Whitney has personally made overtures to senior leaders at the Food and Drug Administration, including its commissioner, Stephen Hahn, in an effort to get the agency to approve oleandrin as a treatment for the coronavirus.
“Either Tim Kaine and I had a very vivid shared hallucination four years ago or Maureen had too much pot brownie before writing her column again,” Hillary Clinton tweeted in response.
Correction: An earlier version of this column incorrectly said it had been 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket. It has been that long since a man chose a woman to run as his vice president. We’ve deleted a tweet that repeated the error.
The head of the conservative evangelical Liberty University has been forced to take an “indefinite leave of absence” after he shared a photo of himself with his pants unzipped to reveal his underwear.
Jerry Falwell Jr, a prominent backer of Donald Trump and one of America’s most powerful evangelical leaders, was accused of hypocrisy after posting the photo to Instagram this week. …
The move represents an extraordinary downfall for Falwell, who has served as the president of the ultra-conservative university since 2007. Liberty University was founded by Falwell’s father, and the younger Falwell became head after his death.
Breaking: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears decision. She visited Biden Sunday, 2 high-ranking Mich. Ds tell @AP
The U.S. is placing sanctions on 11 Chinese officials and their allies in Hong Kong, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam, over their role in curtailing political freedoms in the former U.K. colony, the Treasury Department said Friday.
“The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and we will use our tools and authorities to target those undermining their autonomy,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Amid concerns that election mail could be delayed for political purposes, the Postmaster General tells the board of governors this morning that he will not slow down election mail or any other mail. He also said he will not act “based on any partisanship.” via @jessicadean