Monday, June 22, 2020 | 11:45 AM EST
Trump officially kicks off his campaign on Saturday, holding his first rally at Tulsa, Oklahoma since the COVID-19 pandemic hits the U.S. The rally received widespread criticism from mainstream media as a “super spreader event.” The event abided reopening guidelines set by the state of Oklahoma.
~ watch the rally here
At least two shootings took place in CHOP, the 6-block area in Seattle occupied by protesters without police presence, also known as the “Capital Hill Occupied Protest.” The shootings left a 19-year-old man dead and two critically injured (AP News)
A noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR, the elite Cup Series who successfully ban the Confederate flag at its venue two weeks ago. NASCAR has launched an investigation (AP News)
South Korea is battling a “second wave” of coronavirus infections focused around its densely populated capital of Seoul, according to the health officials from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Reuters)
Israeli mask maker Sonovia developed a fabric able to neutralize close to 99% of coronavirus, even after being washed multiple times, following a successful lab test (Reuters)
Beijing unveils details of the proposed national security law for Hong Kong which includes setting up a dedicated central-government office to manage national-security affairs. The Hong Kong chief executive could also appoint specific judges to hear national security cases (CNBC)
~ Beijing insists the law will only target a minority of “troublemakers” who pose a threat to national security but would still protect human rights and freedom of speech and assembly.
~ Opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong and officials in Washington expressed grave concerns over the bill. Investors say it could jeopardize Hong Kong’s status as the financial hub of Asia.
U.S. and Russia begin nuclear arms control negotiations in Vienna today and tomorrow. The New START (New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), expires next February, is the last major nuclear arms agreement that caps the countries long-range warheads at 1,550. Washington has tried to get Beijing to join for a trilateral talk, but it has refused (Reuters)
~ Learn more about the New START treaty from Council on Foreign Relations
Google will see a 5.3% drop in U.S. advertising revenue in 2020, marking the first decline in ad revenue growth since 2008, according to a new report from eMarketer. The report shows that even Google’s robust ad business will take a significant hit with the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, its competitors, Facebook and Amazon, are growing in the advertising market (CNBC)
Major advertisers, including Patagonia, The North Face, and REI, plans to pause their ad spending on Facebook in support of a movement called “#StopHateForProfit.” The boycott came in response to “Facebook’s long history of allowing racist, violent and verifiable false content to run rampant on its platform” (CNBC)
Apple’s WWDC 2020 event (Worldwide Developers Conference) kicks off on Monday at 10 a.m. PDT. The virtual conference is expected to announce Apple’s first ARM-powered Macs(meaning its own processors instead of chips from Intel), IOS14, WatchOS7, along with other potential surprises. Apple’s shares rise ahead of the event (Yahoo Finance)
~ The annual conference was forced to move online due to COVID-19, you can stream it here.
FDA approved a video game therapeutic for kids with ADHD. This is the first time that a video game can be legally marketed as a therapy for a health condition. The game, EndeavorRx developed by Akili Interactive Labs, seeks to strengthen neural networks in the brain connected to ADHD (Axios)
~ Read the FDA news release
“We’re going to build a future of safety and opportunity for Americans of every race, color, religion, and creed.”
President Trump at MAGA rally in Tulsa, Okla on Saturday
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