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THE HIGHLIGHTS

All Congress can talk about is police reform. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Last month, a video surfaced showing a white police officer - Derek Chauvin - driving his knee into George Floyd’s neck, killing him. This led to massive, global protests - not to mention increased calls for an end to police brutality in the US. And the calls have continued as more stories of Black Americans (Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks) dying at the hands of white police officers have gained national attention. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

For weeks, lawmakers have been scrambling to intro new legislation on police brutality. The House of Reps unveiled their plan - and Senate Republicans are prepping a vote on their bill. Only a slight problem...Senate Dems aren’t exactly fans of this bill. Case in point: they’ve described it as “woefully inadequate” and apparently plan to block it. Because, qualified immunity. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

ICYMI, recently, NASCAR banned Confederate flags at its event. Then, days later, a noose was found in the racing garage of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top racing series. Cue an FBI investigation into whether this was a hate crime. Spoiler: the FBI just concluded that...no federal crime was committed, and that the noose had been in that garage since October. Now, NASCAR’s looking into why this rope was made into a noose in the first place. 

 

SO…?

Floyd’s death is continuing to impact the world. TBD on what kind of change arises. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: We’ll remind you: when it comes to coronavirus, Brazil’s prez, Jair Bolsonaro, has come under fire for not exactly taking it too seriously. So recently, a judge ordered Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public. This comes as Brazil became just the second country to surpass 50,000 virus deaths. Over in the US, health experts are warning about a “disturbing surge” in cases. Hint: Texas - among other states - just set another record for new daily coronavirus infections. Now, the state’s governor is urging residents to stay home. The European Union is paying attention. See: the EU’s reportedly considering barring American travelers due to the pandemic. Also in Europe: the UK’s easing lots of virus restrictions - plus halving the required social distance between people. Baseball is also looking to open up again. The MLB announced a new schedule for 60 games starting July 24. 

 

WORLD: Everyone’s watching North Korea. Quick refresher: over the past couple of years, the US and North Korea have had...a rocky relationship. And lately, it’s been rockier than ever. See: North Korea pledged to boost its nuclear program - plus cut all communication ties with South Korea. Then threatened to send troops to its border with South Korea Scratch that, since yesterday, Kim Jong Un suspended apparent plans for military action against his neighbor to the South. Stay tuned. In other news, the political world is waiting to see what this new report from the Human Rights Panel (created by Sec of State Mike Pompeo) entails. Expect some controversy, since the panel was assembled to strengthen religious freedom. 

 

MONEY: Back in 2018, a group of women pointed fingers at Johnson & Johnson’s talcum products (including its baby powder) for causing ovarian cancer...and were awarded $4.69 billion in court. In response, Johnson & Johnson appealed. Fast forward to yesterday, and an appeals court said the biz knew its products contained asbestos - and ordered them to cough up $2.1 billion, less than half the women’s earlier award. This comes as Johnson & Johnson still faces lawsuits from thousands of women. In other money news, Prez Trump’s letting everyone know the US’s trade deal with China is still on after a trade adviser said it was “over.” And on that note: the US is apparently considering slapping tariffs on Canadian aluminum. 


WHAT TO KNOW

A helicopter:” what NASA wants to (remotely) fly on Mars. Look out, Matt Damon. 


SAY WHAT?

“This was not done right” - People aren’t happy after this painting of the Virgin Mary was disfigured while being restored. Holy moly. 

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