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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The gov’s got its mind on Breonna Taylor. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Back in March, Louisville police officers used a battering ram to smash into the apartment of Breonna Taylor - a 26 year old African American woman. In response, Taylor’s boyfriend, who thought people were trying to break in, fired his gun, hitting an officer in the leg. Police retaliated by shooting Breonna Taylor at least eight times, ultimately killing her. The officers - who haven’t been charged - were reportedly looking into two men suspected of selling drugs - but got a no-knock warrant to search Taylor’s house. The why: they thought one of the two men might have used Taylor’s house to get packages. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

We’ll explain. A no-knock warrant lets law enforcement enter without warning - plus without letting anyone know they’re, you know, law enforcement. But lately, it’s gotten lots of backlash as outrage grows over Breonna Taylor’s death. Enter: Sen Rand Paul (R-KY). The lawmaker’s intro’ing a bill to Congress that’d put an end to no-knock warrants nationwide. This comes after the Louisville city council passed “Breonna’s Law,” which bans that kind of warrant in the city. 

 

MEANWHILE…

That’s not the only change happening in the wake of recent protests. See: the Republican-led Senate Armed Service Committee just voted to force Army bases to rename military bases that are named after Confederate leaders. Yes, really. 

 

SO…?

It looks like the gov’s listening to protesters. TBD on if more change is on the way. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Yesterday, the S&P 500 fell 6 percent - while the Dow dropped 1,500 points. Aka the sharpest daily decline in three months. All of this comes after the Federal Reserve declared it could take years before the unemployment rate recovers - plus as another 1.5 million jobless claims were filed in the US last week. Speaking of which, recently, Education Sec Betsy DeVos issued an emergency rule barring colleges from handing virus relief funds to foreign and undocumented students. Also making headlines: Prez Trump’s moving his Republican National Convention speech to Jacksonville, Florida. Because, coronavirus restrictions. On that note, prosecutors are taking a magnifying glass to Italy’s prime minister over the virus outbreak there. And in Africa, the number of cases doubled in the last 18 days. 

 

ENVIRONMENT: All eyes are on BHP (as in the mining firm). Lately, there’s been anger over the firm’s plans to expand a mine in Western Australia, potentially destroying dozens of Aboriginal heritage sites. And all this was intensified after another big mining firm destroyed a 46,000 year old site last month. Now, BHP’s halting its expansion plans and talking with local Aboriginal groups. Across the world in Latin America, a new study shows that the jaguar trade (illegal, BTW) looks to be on the rise. Hint: seizures of jaguar parts have upped 200-fold over the past five years. You read that right. And in other studies, scientists just found that 123 million to 300 million bottles’ worth of tiny plastic fragments reaches remote parts of the US each year.  

 

WORLD: Twitter’s been busy. See: the social media biz is trashing tens of thousands of fake accounts that were apparently “highly engaged” in spreading misinformation about China’s response to coronavirus and protests in Hong Kong. Not to mention 150,000 accounts that worked to like and retweet China’s messages. Reassuring. Meanwhile, Prez Trump just slapped a sanction on International Criminal Court officials who have been investigating whether US forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. The ICC responded by calling the sanction an “unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law.” And in other news, North Korea’s pledging to boost its nuclear program - coming two years after Prez Trump and Kim Jong Un met up. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Justin Trudeau’s hair:” what’s become a subject of fascination amid the coronavirus pandemic. No word on whethair he’ll ever get a trim. 


SAY WHAT?

“Traumatised Brits say American woman's cup of tea attempt should be 'illegal’” - an actual headline. Pinkies down. 

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