President Donald Trump says the U.S. will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak in China
Remember all the hubbub last year over Kylie Jenner's ascension to the crown of "youngest ever self-made billionaire" at age 21? That title just got yanked by Forbes , which has removed her from its famous ranking of billionaires after looking more closely at what it now calls her "web of...
At least seven people were shot Thursday in Louisville during protests over Breonna Taylor's fatal police shooting. The rally came hours after the release of a 911 call Taylor's boyfriend made in March, after she was shot eight times in her home. (May 26)
According to Gizmodo, the White House reposted President Trump’s tweet which calls for Americans protesting police brutality in Minneapolis to be shot. On Friday, Twitter hid Trump's original tweet and the White House's repost behind a label for “glorifying violence.” People are protesting in Minneapolis after George Floyd, a black man, was filmed gasping for breath while a white police officer knelt on his neck. Floyd died. In Trump's early Friday morning tweet he called the protestors "THUGS dishonoring the memory of George Floyd." Trump wrote that he can't "watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” and that he told Governor Tim Walz "that the Military is with him all the way." Trump added, "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Twitter says that although the Tweet violates Twitter Rules about glorifying violence, they believe that it's in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.
The Russian government has presented more detailed mortality figures for last month that include more deaths linked with the coronavirus, in a bid to dispel suspicions from some Russian and Western experts that authorities were trying to lower the toll for political reasons
This Day in History: John F. Kennedy Is Born May 29, 1917 The future U.S. President was born in Brookline, MA. At the time of his birth, the Kennedys were already a prominent and politically active American family. As a young man, Kennedy attended Harvard University, graduating with honors with a degree in international relations. His political career began in 1952, when he was elected to the House of Representatives. Kennedy served as a U.S. senator for seven years before running for president in 1960. Kennedy's platform of social policies and anti-communism, combined with his charisma, paved a way to the White House. He was the youngest U.S. president ever elected. Kennedy's life and administration was tragically cut short by his assassination in 1963. He was 46 years old.
Chris Rock and Rosie Perez joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at his daily press briefing. The two stars encouraged people to use masks in public and stressed the importance of getting tested for COVID-19. According to CNN, Cuomo said he’s “not cool enough” for people to follow his advice. Perez said: "This is not a joke, this is not a hoax. This is real.” Rock said: "Social distancing is what was the prescription, and we need to take the whole dose or else it's going to get worse."
The white police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested, reports the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. Officials said Friday that Derek Chauvin is in custody, and the AP reports he has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. Chauvin was fired after...
New York Allows Store Owners to Deny Entry to People Without Masks Governor Andrew Cuomo's new executive order gives establishment owners permission to issue bans. Andrew Cuomo, via Twitter Andrew Cuomo, via press briefing New York has been hit the hardest in the U.S. with over 360,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Nearly all of the state has started reopening except for New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio says they will likely begin the process within weeks. According to Cuomo, not enough younger people are wearing masks in public areas. He partly attributes this to the early and inaccurate thought that COVID-19 poses less of a threat to young people. Coronavirus can infect people of all ages. Cuomo has often stressed that masks are critical for protecting and respecting other people.
President Donald Trump took punitive actions against China on Friday as well as terminating the U.S. relationship wiith the World Health Organization. (May 29)
President Obama has weighed in on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America," he wrote in a statement posted online . "It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals,...
For the first time in 115 years, a bald eagle nest with eggs has been spotted on Cape Cod. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has reported a "dramatic uptick" in active bald eagle nests this spring, with more than 70 seen across the state, reports CNN . Nine of...
President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will sanction Chinese officials responsible for eroding the autonomy of Hong Kong and begin the process of ending Hong Kong's special trade benefits because of Beijing's moves to assert control over city. (May 29)
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to criticism over adding fact-checking labels to the president’s tweets. According to Business Insider, Twitter tagged mail-in ballots tweets as something that needed to be checked. Dorsey said he’s “ultimately accountable” for Twitter’s actions and asked the public to “leave our employees out of this.” He said: "We'll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally.” President Donald Trump accused Twitter of “striffling free speech.”
Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies President Donald Trump signed the executive order that seeks to curtail social media "censorship" on Thursday. The move comes two days after Trump's tweets regarding mail-in ballots were stamped by Twitter with fact-checking labels. Trump called Twitter's action "political activism" and inappropriate." Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act grants liability protections to certain companies, including social media companies. Trump's executive order targets those companies. Attorney General William Barr stated that Section 230 “has been stretched way beyond its original intention.” Barr said the Justice Department will be utilized to enforce Trump's executive order, which could result in suits being brought against Twitter or Facebook. Democrats and civil liberties groups spoke out against the order. Kate Ruane, ACLU, via CNBC
Mitch McConnell reportedly urged Americans to wear a mask at a Wednesday event in Kentucky. Business Insider reports he is quoted as saying "you have an obligation." "There's no stigma attached to wearing a mask. There's no stigma attached to staying six feet apart." McConnell said. The remarks are a stark contrast to Trump, who has refused to wear one in public. Trump also recently mocked a reporter who did so at a White House press conference. Mitch McConnell is the Republican Senate Majority Leader and typically aligned with Trump. However, McConnell believes wearing a mask is critical in restoring normal life in the US during COVID-19.
There's way too much going on in the world right now, but the monkeys in India apparently don't care. Reuters reports a "troop" of them attacked an official walking on the campus of a state-run medical college in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut and swiped blood samples of patients who'd tested positive...
2.1 Million Jobless Claims Were Filed Last Week The Labor Department released the latest jobless claims numbers on Thursday. The number of claims once again exceeded Wall Street projections of 2.05 million. Almost 41 million people in America have filed for unemployment since the coronavirus pandemic began. Continuing claims fell sharply by almost four million, holding at 21.5 million. Economist Ian Shepherdson, via CNBC The unemployment rate fell from 17.1 percent to 14.5 percent. Gus Faucher, PNC, via CNBC Another report released on Thursday revealed that the U.S. gross domestic product declined by a staggering 5 percent in the first quarter of 2020.