Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 11:45 AM
President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at guiding police reforms amid nationwide unrest over the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder but still fall short of demands outlined by protesters (Politico)
~read the executive order here
Trump administration filed a lawsuit against John Bolton, the former national security advisor, to try to block the publication of his new book for containing classified information that will undermine national security. The book is expected to be heavily critical of President Trump (NYT).
~read the lawsuit here
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump by 16% in Michigan according to a new EPIC-MRA poll. Michigan is a key swing state in which Trump only won by about 10,000 votes in 2016 (The Hill).
~read the poll here
Twenty Indian soldiers killed in a deadly border clash along the disputed border between India and China, the worst confrontation in decades since no soldiers have been killed in such clashes since 1975 though no shots were fired. China reportedly had 43 casualties. Some casualties were results of extreme high-altitude climate (CNN)
President Trump confirmed on Monday to withdraw 9,500 troops stationed in Germany after repeated criticisms of Germany for not meeting the NATO military spending target of 2% of its GDP. This decision is criticized by NATO allies for undermining Europe’s security from Russia (WSJ)
U.K. researchers documented the first “life-saving” drug for seriously ill Covid-19 patients. Dexamethasone, a cheap and widely available steroid, cuts the risk of death by 35% for patients on ventilators and by 20% for patients on oxygen according to a University of Oxford trial (BBC)
~read the detailed report here
Beijing reintroduced strict measures including cancellations of 1,200 flights and school closure as the new coronavirus outbreak grew to more than 130 cases on Wednesday (The Guardian)
PG&E pleads guilty to the death of 84 people who died in California wildfire. The company admitted the 2018 Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest and most destructive, was caused by its faulty equipment (BBC).
PepsiCo is dropping the Aunt Jemima brand over its origin in racial stereotypes of black people by removing imagery of the black woman from its pancake mixes, syrups, and other products, and changing its name (WSJ)
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook’s 2020 goal is to help 4 million people register to vote. The company has faced scrutiny over elections for the spread of misinformation in 2016 and refusing to take down President Trump’s post that “glorifies violence” (Axios)
Google banned right-wing financial blog ZeroHedge from advertising on its platform for violation of policies of its racial content. The conservative news site The Federalist has also been issued a warning by Google (Axios)
~Republicans have repeatedly criticized Big Tech’s censorship on conservative content.
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~ happy Wednesday, it’s almost halfway through the week!