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Colorado restaurant was forced to close after video showed it was packed on Mother’s Day


Video shot and posted on social media by Nick Puckett for Colorado Community Media showed large crowds of people in C&C Breakfast and Korean Kitchen in Castle Rock, about 25 miles south of Denver. Most patrons were not wearing masks, the video showed, and there was no social distancing in place.

In the video, nearly every table is occupied, large groups of people are huddled waiting for their orders and a line of patrons are wrapped around the block.

“We are disappointed that C&C Breakfast & Korean Kitchen, a Cookies and Crema Company in Castle Rock, has decided to ignore the Governor’s Safer at Home order and open up yesterday with no attention to social distancing,” a spokesperson for the Tri-County Health Department wrote in an email to CNN Monday.
Some restaurants are using shower curtains, stained glass and lots of plants to keep diners safe
Governor Jared Polis said he was disappointed by what he saw on the video during a Monday press conference.

“I was so disappointed that anybody would be so irresponsible and put their own business at risk of closure, with the indefinite closure for hazardous health conditions, that would jeopardize their patrons, probably even friends or loved ones of the employees and the owners,” Polis said.

“The most effective way to limit the suffering of our fellow Coloradans and ourselves and to get our economy back on track sooner rather than later … is we need to obey the public health orders that save lives and reduce the duration of this economic disruption.”

Owners wanted to make a statement

April Arellano, who owns the restaurant with her husband Jesse, told CNN affiliate KCNC they knew there would be consequences but they “were willing to make a statement.”
US coronavirus death toll passes 80,000 as states move to phased reopening

“I think that people want to work, they want to live,” Jesse Arellano told KCNC. “We live with danger every day. People go to war — that’s a risk. People drive every day — that’s a risk.”

Prior to their reopening the restaurant tweeted Saturday, “We are standing for America, small businesses, the Constitution and against the overreach of our governor in Colorado!!” CNN has reached out to the owner of C&C for comment.

Safer at Home order in place

Although Colorado lifted the Stay at Home order for most of the population last week, the state is currently under a level 2 Safer at Home Order. That means that residents aren’t required to stay home but are encouraged to. Non-essential businesses have reopened but are required to enforce social distancing practices such as maintaining six feet of distance between people and only allowing 10 patrons into a business at a time.
Under the new order, facial coverings are encouraged but not required.

The health department says they were forced to shut down the restaurant for in-house dining but will continue to stay in touch with the business.

“We will follow up with this restaurant to ensure that they, like other restaurants in the county, take appropriate steps to protect the public health, by limiting service to curbside and take-out service,” a spokesperson for the Tri-County Health Department said.

CNN’s Whitney Wild, Chris Boyette and Konstantin Toropin contributed to this report.



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How 2 ex-presidents showed what real leadership looks like



And that became very clear this week as two former presidents — George W. Bush and Barack Obama –showed a level of grace and class that has been missing for much of the last three-plus years, and especially over the last few months as the country (and the world) has battled coronavirus.

First came Bush with a video message for the country. “We are not partisan combatants,” Bush said. “We’re human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together. And we’re determined to rise.”

He then added that he had seen an amazing spirit rise in the country in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks and that “I have no doubt, none at all, that this spirit of service and sacrifice is alive and well in America.”

In response to that stirring reminder of our common humanity, President Donald Trump tweeted that Bush “was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!”
Then on Tuesday, Obama announced via Twitter that he and his wife, Michelle, would give a series of commencement addresses to high school and college graduates impacted by the pandemic.
“I’ve always loved joining commencements—-the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice,” Obama wrote. “Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones.”
Later in the week. Obama placed phone calls to Chicago public school teachers to thank them for their service. (It’s Teacher Appreciation Week.)
(Side note: Michelle Obama’s documentary “Becoming” also premiered this week on Netflix, offering its own message of vulnerability and hope.)

The combined effect of words and deeds by the two men who preceded Trump in office was striking. This is what leaders do in times of crisis for the country. They offer not empty promises, blame and boasts but rather reassurance that we can do this  — only if we do it together.

They remind us of our shared humanity and our common decency, traits we need to remember in this moment more than ever before.

The Point: Donald Trump has long claimed he is “modern-day presidential.” I’d prefer him to be just presidential. And he’s got two great role models in how presidents act in crisis — if he’d just listen to them rather than attack them.





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A 5-year-old boy’s entire kindergarten class showed up for his adoption hearing



Five-year-old Michael’s entire kindergarten class sat in the audience behind him waving big red hearts mounted on wooden sticks to show their support.

Michael’s adoptive father told CNN his favorite part was when the judge asked everyone present in the room to explain what Michael means to them.

The kindergartners offered the most touching answers, standing up and telling the court, “I love Michael” or “Michael’s my best friend,” his father said.

He added that the judge said it was the first time she’d ever hosted a whole kindergarten class for a hearing in her courtroom.

Michael’s parents fostered him for a year

Michael’s mother told CNN that her new son’s teacher, Mrs. McKee, floated the idea to her one day when she dropped Michael off at Wealthy Elementary School.

McKee knew the adoption would be finalized soon, and the two agreed on how to make the big day particularly special for Michael.

From there, McKee organized the whole class outing, procuring a school bus, and gave her students a field trip to remember.

Michael’s new father and mother have been married for nearly 10 years, and he’s been living with them as a foster child since last Thanksgiving.

“We didn’t have any kids prior to that, and things got pretty chaotic in a hurry,” his father said.

The proud parents said their charismatic son loves to dance and swim, and to play basketball and soccer.

They say they’re amazed at how many friends he has, and his father says one of the most beautiful parts of the past year has been the many children “welcoming (Michael) into their homes and onto play dates.”



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Erdoğan showed GOP senators ‘surreal’ propaganda video during WH meeting


The source called the video, which was first reported by Axios, “surreal” and “straight propaganda.”

GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham, Jim Risch, Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst and Rick Scott all attended the candid and at times tense meeting, which lasted about 90 minutes. Reporters were briefly invited in to see the lawmakers raise their foreign policy concerns with Erdogan — specifically addressing the sale of Russian weapons to Turkey and Turkey’s conflicts with the Kurds.

The senators “did most of the talking” with Trump “playing traffic cop,” the GOP source said. The senators warned that Turkey will face US sanctions unless it reverses course on the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, a senior administration official and two sources familiar with the matter said.

Trump invited the five senators — all of whom have been vocal critics’ of Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 system — in order to show Erdoğan the strong opposition he faces, a senior administration official said. It was also in part an effort by to show Erdoğan that his hands are tied on the sanctions issue.

“We saw it as more good cop, bad cop,” one source said of the meeting, noting the group showed Erdoğan that Trump’s “hands were tied” because the Senate isn’t going to give Turkey F-35s if they don’t get rid of the S-400.

“To the extent that Erdoğan understands now the leverage and strength that the Senate has on this … that was helpful,” the administration official said.

In order to demonstrate that unified front, national security adviser Robert O’Brien held a call with the five Republican senators before the meeting in order to get them on the same page about focusing on the S-400 issue, two administration officials and a Senate Republican source said.

Trump also warned Erdoğan in his letter that week that sanctions were coming if Turkey deploys the S-400 system, but a source familiar with the meeting said the senators were more forthright on Wednesday.

The threat of sanctions was the focus of the Oval Office meeting, but the Republican senators also delivered candid and sometimes heated criticisms to Erdoğan about other issues.

Graham, who has been a vocal critic of Turkey’s invasion of Syria, at one point engaged in a heated back-and-forth with Erdoğan over the subject and the fate of the US’s Kurdish allies, the senior administration official and two sources familiar said.

Graham “was pretty aggressive on Syria,” one source said.

Scott also raised serious questions about Turkey’s ongoing membership in NATO as it grows increasingly cozier with Russia.

Cruz said in a statement that he pushed Erdoğan on the S-400 system and the attack on the Kurds.

“I have always described Turkey as an ally — a deeply problematic ally, but an ally nonetheless, in a very troubled region of the world. I went to the White House today to tell President Erdoğan exactly that,” he said, calling Turkish attacks on Kurds “absolutely unacceptable” and saying he “made clear” to the Turkish leader that the US will not sell F-35 jets to Turkey “so long as as Turkey continues to procure or deploy the S-400 air defense system from Russia.”

Trump invited these senators knowing they would be candid in their views. He wanted a frank discussion and wanted the lawmakers to air their concerns, one source familiar with the conversations said, adding that Trump believes it’s important to maintain a positive relationship with Erdoğan and isn’t concerned that other US officials, like these lawmakers, feel differently.

A senior administration official said Trump first raised the possibility of inviting the senators to meet Erdoğan last week. A source familiar with the matter said it gave Trump an opportunity to avoid directly confronting Erdoğan on the S-400 issue while still raising the concerns in an official capacity.



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