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THE HIGHLIGHTS

There are growing concerns about the security of the 2020 US presidential election. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Years ago, it was discovered that Russia got involved with the 2016 US presidential election by attempting to hack it and by buying thousands of “politically controversial” ads on Facebook. So there’s been lots of talk about whether that could happen again this election. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Recently, Twitter and Facebook declared that the same Russian group that meddled with the 2016 US presidential election...is back at it. The campaign - which is backed by the Russian gov - is apparently using a network of fake accounts and a website set up to look like a left-wing news site to spread misinformation. And this time, the Russian group hired unknowing Americans to write for the site. Plot twist. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

That’s not the only election-related news that’s got people worried. See: a Postal Service watchdog just announced that more than one million mail-in ballots were sent late to voters during the 2020 primary elections. One. Million. That means allll of those ballots were at “high risk” to not make it back to election officials in time to be counted. Big deal, especially since mail-in voting is becoming more and more popular this upcoming election due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Here’s your daily reminder to send in your ballot as early as possible if you’re voting by mail.)

 

THE TAKE. 

The 2020 US presidential election is just 62 days away. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

USA: Yesterday, Prez Trump headed to Kenosha, Wisconsin in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29 year old Black man. He was greeted by protesters. Lots of them. During his visit, the Prez pledged to rebuild parts of Kenosha that were harmed during unrest - plus promised to hand more federal spendings to Wisconsin. Speaking of which, deputies just fatally shot a Black man in Los Angeles. The man, who’s been identified as Dijon Kizzee, was stopped for riding his bicycle in violation of vehicle codes and was shot after dropping a bundle of items that included a gun. Intro protests. Meanwhile, ICYDK, back in 1921, a group of white looters destroyed a Black biz district and killed up to 300 people in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Now, survivors of the massacre and descendents of the victims are suing the city, plus some others. 

 

POLITICS: Quick refresher: lots of low-income students get free or reduced-price meals from school. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of schools have shut down - leaving people worried about where these low-income students could get their meals. Enter: the Agriculture Dept, which just declared it will let schools keep offering free breakfast and lunch to any kid or teen through the end of 2020. You read that right. Now, some people are pushing to extend this through 2021. In other news, recently, the Trump team announced a nationwide ban on evictions (aka an eviction moratorium). The ban is set to last through the end of 2020. 

 

WORLD: Zimbabwe is making some big moves. Reminder: a couple decades ago, Zimbabwe’s gov seized land - sometimes forcibly - from 4,000 white farmers. The idea was to cut back on imbalances in land ownership that usually favored Zimbabwe’s white minority. Problem, since the move ultimately served to weaken the country’s economy and worsen relations with the West. Now, Zimbabwe is pledging to give land back to white farmers (but the policy only applies to those protected by international investment treaties). Meanwhile, the Belarus protests are still taking place. And recently, riot police were caught on camera attacking and arresting university student protesters in the country’s capital. Stay tuned. 


WHAT TO KNOW

26:” the number of logos for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Going for gold. 


SAY WHAT?

“We’re All Socially Awkward Now” - an actual headline. Harsh.

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