Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 11:45 AM EST
John Bolton says Trump pleads President Xi to help him win reelection and puts his reelection prospects ahead of national interests, according to an excerpt from his new book that is set to publish next week. Trump denies his claims, calling him a liar (WSJ)
~John Bolton is the former national security advisor in the Trump Administration
In a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled against Trump administration’s effort to end DACA, the Obama-era immigration program that gave temporary protection from deportation to qualified individuals brought to the U.S. illegally as children (NPR)
~The program currently shields about 700,000 young immigrants from deportation.
The former Atlanta police officer was charged on Wednesday with murder for his fatally shooting of Raymond Brooks outside a fast-food restaurant last week (NYT)
~the fatal shooting of Raymond Brooks who is an African American sparked a new wave of outrage nationwide over racial injustice in the U.S.
The Justice Department proposes to limit protections for online platforms (like Twitter and Facebook) that they currently enjoy under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The action follows the executive order signed by President Trump last week (WSJ)
~Under the current law, online platforms are generally not legally liable for the actions of their users except in rare circumstances.
The World Health Organization hopes to have hundreds of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine available by this year and 2 billion doses by the end of 2021, according to WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan (Reuters)
New Zealand recorded its third new coronavirus cases on Thursday after declaring victory last week to be one of the first countries to eliminate the coronavirus and return to normal with liftings of all restrictions (Reuters)
~Currently all three are imported cases with no clear evidence of domestic transmission.
Business & Market
U.S. initial jobless claims edged down to 1.5 million, a 58,000 decline of new applications for unemployment benefits. Though the pace of layoffs remained high but was stabilizing with signs of recovery according to data from the Department of Labor (WSJ)
Spotify strikes mega podcast deals with Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, and a deal to distribute podcasts exclusively from Kim Kardashian West (Axios)
~Spotify is increasing its commitment to podcasting, a medium thought to drives more profit through advertising. Spotify also secured a podcasting deal with Joe Rogan back in May.
A massive spying effort on Google’s Chrome browser through malicious extensionswas discovered by researchers from Awake Security, highlighting the Tech industry’s failure to protect user data and privacy on browsers (Reuters)
Zoom works to provide end-to-end encryption for all users, a reversal of its previous decision that only provides this feature for paid users (WaPo)
~Zoom has been under scrutiny over its privacy especially after it banned accounts of Chinese activists in the U.S. last week.
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