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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone’s talking about George Floyd. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Last week, a video surfaced showing a white police officer - later identified as Derek Chauvin - driving his knee into an African American man’s neck. The man - George Floyd - could be heard repeatedly saying he can’t breathe, but the officer didn’t remove his knee for nearly 9 minutes. Floyd ultimately died. The four officers involved, who were fired, were reportedly responding to a call of forgery in progress. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Protesters continued to take to the streets nationwide yesterday, with the vast majority remaining peaceful. In Washington, DC, dozens of military vehicles joined protesters on the street - coming after Prez Trump threatened to send in troops to end unrest. Australia’s keeping a close eye on DC, too. The country’s pulling out the magnifying glass after two Australian journalists were attacked by police officers in the US capital. Speaking of investigations - Minnesota’s filing a civil rights charge against the Minneapolis Police Dept in an effort to root out “systematic racism.”

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Social media bizes have been busy. See: Facebook shut down a far-right group apparently planning on bringing weapons to protests. And Twitter trashed an account after it was discovered that it was being used by a white supremacist group to pose as Antifa and tweet out calls for violence. 

 

SO…?

Millions of people around the world are calling for justice for George Floyd. TBD on whether they’ll get it. 


THE ACTION

POLITICS: Yesterday, lots of US states headed to the polls in the 2020 Primaries. There were some surprises. As in Rep Steve King (R-IA)...lost his bid for renomination. You know King as the nine-term lawmaker who’s come under fire lately for a long long list of comments and actions. Think: insulting undocumented immigrants, endorsing a Toronto mayoral candidate with neo-Nazi ties, and openly wondering how “white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilazation” became offensive. Yes, really. Now, it looks like he’s lost his chance to run for re-election. In other election news, Ferguson just elected its first black mayor ever. She’s also the city’s first female mayor. And meanwhile, Joe Biden’s seeing a spike in new donations

 

CORONAVIRUS: Iran’s seeing a rise in new coronavirus cases. Cue worries that the country’s facing a second wave. Over in the US, Prez Trump just announced that Republicans have been “forced” to find a new state to host the Republican National Convention. This comes after North Carolina’s governor shook his head to loosening coronavirus restrictions. Who else is changing plans: the College Board. ICYMI, the organization was looking to hold online SAT exams. Now, the org says it’s taking a red pen to those plans. Because, WiFi. Speaking of which, schools are reopening in Hong Kong. And in some more good news, Dr. Anthony Fauci says the US should have a couple hundred million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by 2021. 

 

WORLD: Mumbai’s gearing up for what’s expected to be its worst storm in decades. Hint: Cyclone Nisarga. One hundred thousand people - many of whom are coronavirus patients - were evacuated from the city, which is low-lying and exposed to the sea. Nisarga made landfall this morning, but so far, there are no reports of injuries or deaths. Now, the city’s prepping for storm surges of about three to seven feet. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, it’s no secret that Israel’s planning to annex (take over) a third of the West Bank - a very controversial region mostly populated by Palestinians. And it looks like that could be happening soon. Case in point: Israel’s Defense Chief - Benny Gantz - ordered the military to step up preparations for the annexation in case the move results in violence. Tension, high. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Disney World:” where the NBA could be planning to host its games during the coronavirus pandemic. Hoop dreams. 


SAY WHAT?

“Carole Baskin Wins Control of Joe Exotic’s Former Zoo In Oklahoma” - an actual headline. Mewow. 

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