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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Minneapolis is making a big move. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

A couple weeks ago, a video surfaced showing a white police officer - later identified as Derek Chauvin - driving his knee into an African American man’s neck while other officers held him down. 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 video set off massive, global protests, with demonstrators calling for justice - not to mention an end to police brutality. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

What else protesters have been calling for: defunding the police. So yesterday, the Minneapolis City Council said ‘we hear you’ and announced that they’re planning to defund and dismantle the city’s police dept. It’s not entirely clear what would replace the dept, but the council prez says they’re looking to sway police funding toward community-based strategies. New York’s got the same idea. As in the city’s mayor - Bill de Blasio - is pledging to cut funding to the New York Police Dept. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

People are still taking to the streets around the world. In the UK, demonstrators toppled a statue of a slave trader - while Sen Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined protesters in Washington, DC. Also in DC: Trump’s ordering troops to ditch the city after he came under fire for threatening to respond to riots with the military. Sen Tom Cotton (R-AK) is facing backlash, too. 

 

SO…?

The world’s calling for change. TBD on if more cities will follow Minneapolis’ lead. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: Over the weekend, Prez Trump nodded his head to a plan to cut the number of US troops in Germany. By a lot. Quick refresher: the US has had a military presence in Germany since the end of World War II - with about 34,000 troops still there today. And ICYDK, they’re largely credited with keeping the Soviet Union from attacking NATO members during the Cold War. Now, experts say the Trump team’s latest move could be a big blow to NATO. Meanwhile, the US economy apparently gained 2.5 million jobs in May. Not a typo. And in more good news, the US unemployment rate dropped for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Speaking of the US, Tropical Storm Cristobal just made landfall in Louisiana. 

 

POLITICS: The 2020 US Primaries are still underway. Hint: Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, North Dakota, and West Virginia head to the polls tomorrow in elections. Here are all the voting deets you need. Speaking of elections, Colin Powell’s taking sides. You know Powell as a Republican who served as Sec of State under Prez George W. Bush. Spoiler: yesterday, he officially endorsed former Vice Prez Joe Biden. And added that Trump has “drifted away” from the Constitution and “lies all the time.” In more election news, Google just announced that Chinese hackers are targeting the personal email accounts of Biden’s campaign staff members. The biz also confirmed that Iran has gone after Prez Trump’s campaign. Suspense, thick. 

 

CORONAVIRUS: At least 400,000 people have now died of coronavirus. In Brazil, people are protesting after the country’s prez - Jair Bolsonaro - cut back on the amount of virus data he’s releasing to the public. This comes as Brazil has nearly 700,000 coronavirus cases. Over in the UK, the gov’s travel quarantine officially went into effect. Meaning all visitors to the country will have to self-isolate for 14 days. In India, the gov’s relaxing its nationwide lockdown. New York City’s also got reopening on its mind. See: Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city’s all set to start reopening today. Yes, really. And speaking of which, California’s expected to lift its statewide ban on most activities by next week. 


WHAT TO KNOW

A treasure chest:” what was just found after being hidden in the Rocky Mountains for years. Struck gold. 


SAY WHAT?

“Owner witnesses his dog ‘lie’ to another dog at the park” - an actual headline. Liar, liar, paws on fire. 

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