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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Prez Trump held his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma the other day. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

It’s no secret that throughout Trump’s presidency, he’s been a big fan of rallies. See: he’s held dozens upon dozens of rallies since taking office - making him the first US prez to organize campaign-style rallies on a regular basis. But ever since the coronavirus pandemic, his rallies have slowed down to a stop. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Over the weekend, Trump held his first rally in months in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We’ll remind you: this rally was originally set to take place on June 19th - aka Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating emancipation in the US. Cue backlash. So the Trump team moved the rally to June 20th. Then added that 20,000 people were expected to show up in the indoor arena. Cue renewed backlash, since Tulsa’s seen a big rise in virus cases lately, and some worried this rally would worsen the outbreak. 

 

THE RESULT. 

About 6,200 people showed up. Because, TikTok. Hint: teens on the platform allegedly registered for the rally to try to inflate attendance expectations. The Trump team denied this - and said low turnout was due to protests outside. Either way, Prez Trump had a lot to say at his rally. Mainly about - you guessed it - the coronavirus. His comments ranged from calling it the “Kung Flu” to saying the US should “slow the testing down.” To which the Trump team said he was “obviously kidding.” 

 

SO…?

This marks one of Trump’s most controversial rallies. TBD on what this means for the 2020 election. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Last month, at least 24 people were killed after militants stormed a maternity ward in Kabul, Afghanistan. That’s not the only healthcare-related violence that’s been going on in Afghanistan lately. So recently, the United Nations released a report on these attacks - and said both Afghan forces and the Taliban were responsible for “deliberate acts of violence that undermined healthcare operations.” In other news, 700 hundred people in a tower block in the German city of Goettingen are under quarantine. Problem, since 200 people tried to get out, leading to clashes with police. Over in South America, Brazil became just the second country to surpass 50,000 deaths. This comes as new daily virus cases hit record highs in 12 US states - plus as more and more young people in the South are testing positive. 

 

USA: There’s a lot going on in the US. Case in point: after a video showed a police officer appearing to use a chokehold (illegal, BTW) while arresting a Black man in Queens, the NYPD suspended the officer without pay. Three people were arrested after vandalizing a Black Lives Matter sign in Thousand Oaks, California. An Oakland professor who apparently asked a student to “Anglicize” her name was put on leave. And a Tennessee newspaper apologized after running an ad alleging “Islam” was going to detonate a nuclear bomb on Nashville. Speaking of which, the Minnesota jail that held Derek Chauvin is being accused of bias after only letting white staff guard him. And in some gov news, all eyes are on US Attorney Geoffrey Berman

 

WORLD: The whole world is watching Socotra, the main island in an archipelago in Yemen. Reminder: for years, Yemen’s been engaged in a civil war that’s pitted the Houthi rebels (backed by Iran) against the Yemeni gov (backed by a Saudi-led coalition). That coalition used to include the Southern Transitional Council...until the STC took over the port city of Aden and southern provinces. Now, it looks like the STC’s taking things a step further and seizing control of Socotra - plus deposing its governor. In response, the Yemeni gov pointed fingers at the STC for staging a coup. Elsewhere in the world, Zimbabwe’s taking a magnifying glass to anyone who can’t explain where their wealth originated. And over in Europe, the Serbian ruling party just won Serbia’s election - the first in Europe amid the coronavirus pandemic. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Ring of fire solar eclipse:” what was spotted the other night. Sounds dramatic. 


SAY WHAT?

“News crew follows bear through New York streets” - an actual headline. Unbearably adorable. 

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