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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Minnesota’s listening to protesters. 

 

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. 

ICYMI, Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Cue backlash from people who thought the charges should’ve been higher - plus calls for the three other officers involved to be charged, too. So yesterday, Minnesota said ‘we heard you loud and clear’ and upgraded the charges against Chauvin to second-degree murder and manslaughter. Then charged the three other officers with aiding and abetting in second-degree murder and manslaughter. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Protesters continued to call for more change, but were increasingly more peaceful. In Minneapolis, a memorial will be held for George Floyd today. Meanwhile, former Trump Defense Sec James Mattis called Prez Trump a threat to democracy - while the Pentagon chief publicly opposed Trump’s threat to send in troops to end unrest. Oh, and Snapchat’s pledging to stop promoting Trump on the platform. 

 

SO…?

Everyone’s watching to see how these charges will play out in court. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: Recently, it came out that China sat on important coronavirus info for weeks in January before sending it over to the World Health Organization. Think: fully sequenced genome and patient data, among other deets. Not good, since some say this could have cost the world valuable time in fighting the spread of the virus. Speaking of China, the UK’s pinky promising to switch up its rules on immigration if China’s gov passes that new Hong Kong security law. Quick refresher: the law’s expected to end Hong Kong as the world knows it and take back lots of its autonomy. Now, the UK’s pledging to admit 3 million people from Hong Kong to come live and work in Britain if this law goes through. 

 

POLITICS: Yesterday, the Senate nodded their heads to a bill that’d make changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. (Hint: it’s already been given the thumbs-up by the House of Reps.) The bill would do things like extend the time bizes have to use loan money to qualify for loan forgiveness and drop the amount of money bizes need to spend on payroll costs. Now, it’s off to Prez Trump so he can give it the greenlight. In other news, the US gov is banning Chinese passenger airlines from flying to the US. You read that right. The move’s largely seen as retaliation for the Chinese gov shaking its head to approving American airlines to fly to China. 

 

DISASTERS: Recently, a security guard went on a stabbing rampage at an elementary school in southeastern China. At least 39 people, the vast majority of which were kids, were injured. Two adults - the school’s principal and another security guard - were reportedly left with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect has been taken into custody. Not yet clear what his motive was. Meanwhile, recently, about 6,000 tons of diesel seeped into the ground in Siberia from a power station, with another 15,000 tons spilling into waterways. Big big deal, since this is very very bad news for the environment. Now, it looks like Prez Putin’s declaring a state of emergency and sending federal resources to help with the clean up. 


WHAT TO KNOW

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