NYC to Cut Police Funding by 1 Billion | India to Ban TikTok | Uber Talks to Acquire Postmates

NYC to Cut Police Funding by 1 Billion | India to Ban TikTok | Uber Talks to Acquire Postmates

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 12:30 PM EST

US

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of American soldiers, a year earlier than previously reported. President Trump says the intelligence was never reported to him because U.S. intelligence did not find the information credible. Associated Press

In a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down limits on state aid to church schools, ruling that states cannot disqualify schools in programs benefiting privates schools solely because they are religious. The New York Times

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announces to cut NYPD funding by $1 billion out of the current budget of $6 billion. The fund will instead go toward the improvement of youth and social services. The Wall Street Journal


Carl Reiner, a longtime comedy legend, has died at 98. As a gifted comic improviser, actor, writer, and director, he created The Dick Van Dyke Show. The Washington Post

COVID-19

EU is lifting travel restrictions for visitors of 15 countries starting July 1 including South Korea, Japan, and China. The United States was not included on the list. NPR

~See full list published by European Council

A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus”, a study said, although experts said there is no imminent threat. Reuters

WORLD

China passes sweeping Hong Kong national security law and will go in effect immediately. While China claims the bill is to restore stability in Hongkong, many fear the law would further erode the city’s civil and political freedom and will effectively end the current “One Country, Two System” framework. CNN

India bans Tiktok and 59 other Chinese apps citing privacy concerns that could pose a threat to sovereignty and integrity. Since the border clash earlier this month leaving 20 Indian soldiers dead, Indians began protesting Made-in-China products nationwide. This move is also seen as a symbolic political message since apps can’t be automatically erased from devices where they are already downloaded Associated Press

BUSINESS & TECH

Uber in discussions to buy food delivery startup Postmates for roughly $2 billion. Postmates accounted for 10% of the U.S. food delivery sales in 2019. Uber’s previous attempt to merge with Grubhub (32% of the market) fell through due to antitrust concerns but acquiring Postmates will expose Uber to less risk of antitrust scrutiny. Business Insider

Reddit, the online discussion platform, is permanently suspending The_Donald, a community forum of Trump supporters with 0.8 million users for violating the platform’s rules against harassment, hate speech and content manipulation. Twitch, a popular video streaming platform, temporarily suspended President Trump’s account for violation of the company’s policies. NPR

“A state need not subsidize private education. But once a state decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious.”
Chief Justice John Roberts


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