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THE HIGHLIGHTS

China and India just had their worst border clash in decades. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

For forever, China and India have been fighting over who gets what part of their border, which passes through the Himalayas. Cue a truce in 1962 that established a 2,100-mile long Line of Actual Control - a truce that didn’t exactly cut the tension. See: last month, a series of brawls broke out between Chinese and Indian soldiers in the Himalayas. And in response, both govs sent thousands of troops to the area. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The other day, all of this tension escalated to a massive fight. Yes, really. It’s not entirely clear what happened, but it looks like the fight mostly involved rocks and wooden clubs - with no shots fired. All the same, at least 20 Indian soldiers were reportedly killed, three of which were killed during the fight and the rest dying due to injuries. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Huge. ICYMI, China and India are some of the world’s biggest countries - plus they both have nuclear weapons. Which means the whole world watches very very closely whenever they fight. And we’ll repeat: this is the two govs’ worst border clash in over 40 years - raising concerns that the situation is getting out of control. 

 

SO…?

Tensions have been growing between China and India for years. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

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. 


WHAT TO KNOW

A baseball slide:” what caused the Gatlinburg SkyBridge to crack. Strike one. 


SAY WHAT?

“You can now pay thousands of dollars to talk to celebrities for 10 minutes” - an actual headline. Finally! 

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