WORLD: Recently, Prez Trump signed off on a new executive order that lays out “guiding principles” for police reform. Think: handing federal grants to police depts that follow the “highest training standards regarding use of force” - plus offering more resources for social workers to join police officers on calls involving things like mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. In other news, Iowa’s governor is planning to take a red pen to a rule that prevents paroled felons from voting - becoming the last US state to do so. Meanwhile, it just came out that Garrett Rolfe - the ex-officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks - was disciplined for his use of force involving a firearm back in 2016. Not to mention he got 4 citizen complaints over his 7 years as an officer. Also making headlines: the head of the Justice Dept’s civil division is quitting - along with Richmond’s police chief. Oh, and California’s trashing this statue of Columbus.
CORONAVIRUS: ICYDK, the five largest known coronavirus clusters in the US are...inside prisons. You read that right. And it’s only getting worse. Case in point: infections in US prisons have skyrocketed over the past few weeks, with more than 68,000 cases. And prison deaths have apparently upped by 73 percent since mid-May. This comes as the overall daily infection rate in the US has pretty much stayed the same. Meanwhile, there’s been some controversy in Tulsa, Oklahoma over Prez Trump’s upcoming rally there. The why: about 20,000 people are expected to come to the rally - leading to worries that the virus could spread. Over in Paris, health workers took to the streets to demand better pay and resources. Intro clashes with police. In some good news: a low-cost steroid could help save virus patients.
USA: Meet Chris Janicek. Last month, the Nebraska bakery owner won the Dem nomination to go up against Republican Sen Ben Sasse, who’s looking to snag his second term. Only a slight problem...lately, some not-so-great text messages emerged showing Janicek making offensive comments toward a female staffer. Now, the Nebraska Dem Party is withdrawing their nomination and renouncing Janicek. In other news, the Trump team’s suing to delay the publication of ex-national security adviser John Bolton’s new book. Speaking of law, PG&E (as in the utility biz) just pleaded guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter in the 2018 Camp Fire. And on that note: hundreds of people were just forced to evacuate due to wildfires in Arizona.