Monday, June 29, 2020 | 12:30 PM EST
Mississippi will abolish the last state flag in the U.S. with Confederate emblem. The bill was passed by a broad coalition of lawmakers — Black and white, Republicans and Democrats — in the Mississippi legislature. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to sign the bill into law in the next few days. The new design must exclude any Confederate symbols and include the words “In God We Trust.” Mississippi has a 38% Black population. Associated Press
President Trump signed an executive order on Friday to protect monuments and warn of “long prison terms for these lawless acts.” This order came amid the nationwide campaign to tear down statues protesters considered racists after the death of George Floyd. The Hill
~While protesters were initially targeting statues of Confederate generals like Robert E. Lee, they recently started targeting statues of former presidents including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Union general Ulysses Grant.
Princeton University will remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school over the former president’s “racist thinking and policies.” NPR
Four men are facing felony charges after protesters attempted to tear down a statue of President Andrew Jackson at Lafayette Square near the White House, says the DOJ. Politico
The world hits another grim milestone of 10 million confirmed cases with half a million deaths as new signs of resurgences arise in countries like Australia, Japan and Austria. Reuters
Gilead will charge U.S. hospitals $3,120 for the shortest treatment course of its coronavirus drug remdesivir for typical patients with private insurance. Remdesivir is the first antiviral drug shown to effectively treat coronavirus. On average, the drug should help reduce hospital costs by $12,000 per patient, says Gilead CEO Daniel O’Day. The Wall Street Journal
New reports show Russia offered bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Multiple U.S. service members were dead as results. Putin’s intention in doing so is unclear as the U.S. is on the path to near-unconditional withdrawal from Afganistan. New York Times
~ President Trump says the U.S. intelligence did not find the information credible and thus did not report to him despite a high-level White House meeting on this issue in March.
The Chinese authority is forcing birth control to reduce the population of Uighurs and other minorities in its far west region of Xinjiang while encouraging the country’s ethnic Han majority to have more children. Associated Press
Facebook said it would start labeling political speech that violates its rule and takes other measures to prevent voter suppression and protect minorities from abuse. The Wall Street Journal
~ Last week, more advertising giant jointed the boycott pulling out their ad spending on social media platforms citing they are not doing enough to stop hate speech and misinformation, including consumer good giant Unilever and Coca-Cola.
~ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been lobbying companies to join the boycott, Axios reported.
Amazon announced on Friday that it will acquire Zoox, a self-driving startup founded in 2014 in a deal potentially worth $1.2 billion. The acquisition could open up a whole new market for Amazon in competition with Tesla, Uber, and Google as well as helping with its delivery. TechCrunch
Kanye West is teaming up with Gap to create a collection called Yeezy Gap that will debut next year. The casual-clothing retailer Gap is betting that clothes designed by Kanye West will help pull it out of its yearslong slump. The Wall Street Journal
NBC acquired the media rights to the United States Golf Association as Fox walks away from the deal despite Fox’s agreement with the USGA still had several years left to run. The Wall Street Journal
Amid the pandemic, countless colleges and secondary schools have shifted to a “pass/fail” system instead of a traditional A-F grade which raises the question: What’s the point of grade?
“There is no place for racism in the world and there is no place for racism on social media”
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey
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