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The Daily BeastMay 29, 2020
Twitter Conceals Trump's Threat to Minneapolis Protesters For ‘Glorifying Violence'
Reuters / Jonathan ErnstTwitter has hidden a tweet from President Trump which the social media site said broke its rules around "glorifying violence."

The tweet in question threatened demonstrators after a chaotic third day of protests against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Demonstrators are demanding action over the death of the 46-year-old unarmed black man after shocking video footage showed a white police officer kneeling on his neck.

Late Thursday, they took over the Minneapolis Police Department's third precinct and set the building ablaze. Shortly after midnight, the president threatened to "start shooting" in an incendiary string of tweets.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



The Daily BeastMay 29, 2020
The Latest Coronavirus War Is the ‘COVID-19 Surcharge'
Courtesy of Brian BensonAt Bootleggers BBQ, a stick-to-your-ribs smokehouse that usually draws crowds from around Missouri, the coronavirus pandemic has decimated sales. Even with expanded hours, the restaurant is doing approximately 40 percent of its usual business, according to owner Brian Staack. So when the price of meat doubled in his area, Staack did what several local businesses had done: He implemented a flat, 5 percent "COVID-19 surcharge" to every customer's bill to help make up the cost.

"Looking back, it was probably a bad idea to call it a COVID-19 surcharge," he told The Daily Beast.

Within days, the restaurant was flooded with phone calls and social media posts accusing it of ripping off customers. Several callers said they thought the restaurant should burn down. Just two days after implementing it, Staack called off the surcharge.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



The Daily BeastMay 29, 2020
Russian State Media Wonder if They Created an Orange-Haired Monster
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastThe sense of alarm was palpable on Russian state TV this week. Images of nuclear explosions flashed on an oversized screen as Evgeny Popov, host of the popular program 60 Minutes,  talked about reports that Donald Trump may reverse a decades-long moratorium on nuclear testing. 

"Of course it's a bad idea," said Popov. "If tomorrow the United States conducts a nuclear test, the day after tomorrow China will conduct a nuclear test, followed by Israel, then us [Russia], then France, then the U.K. and then—who knows—maybe Pakistan, North Korea or Iran?"

Popov wondered out loud why Trump isn't being impeached for contemplating such measures, which surely will have global repercussions. And this after Russia cheered him on throughout his actual impeachment and trial a few months ago. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Washington Post PoliticsMay 28, 2020
Nevada Sen. Cortez Masto removes herself as a candidate for Biden's vice president
The Latina senator said she wanted to focus on Nevada's struggling economy.

CNN PoliticsMay 28, 2020
House approves changes to small business pandemic aid program
The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on bipartisan legislation to make changes to the Paycheck Protection Program set up to help struggling small businesses with emergency loans during the pandemic, the latest effort on Capitol Hill to address economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis.

The Daily BeastMay 28, 2020
Don Lemon Erupts: ‘No One Wants to Hear From the Birther-In-Chief' on George Floyd
CNN anchor Don Lemon unloaded on President Donald Trump after the Justice Department said Thursday that the president was "actively monitoring" the investigation of four Minneapolis police officers over the death of an unarmed black man, exclaiming that nobody "wants to hear from the Birther-in-Chief."

During a press conference late Thursday afternoon, local and federal investigators insisted that they "can't rush" bringing charges for the death of George Floyd, who was pronounced dead after an officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. With protests raging across the country, U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said the investigation was a "top priority" for the feds before adding that Trump and Attorney General William Barr were paying high attention to the case.

Moments after the presser wrapped up, Lemon blew up over MacDonald invoking the president in this particular situation, bringing up a number of incidents Trump has been involved in over the years that have widely been seen as racist.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Reuters PoliticsMay 28, 2020
Trump move could scrap or weaken law that protects social media companies
President Donald Trump said he will introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that has protected internet companies, including Twitter and Facebook, in an extraordinary attempt to intervene in the media.

Reuters PoliticsMay 28, 2020
Trump considering legislation that may scrap law that protects social media companies
President Donald Trump said he will introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that has long protected internet companies, including Twitter and Facebook, an extraordinary attempt to intervene in the media that experts said was unlikely to survive legal scrutiny.

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Washington Post PoliticsMay 28, 2020
House passes bill to ease access to small-business loans in pandemic, but impasse with Senate remains
The legislation would give businesses more time to have the loans forgiven and paid off by the U.S. government.

New York Times PoliticsMay 28, 2020
Pennsylvania Democrats Say Republicans Hid a Lawmaker's Positive Virus Test
Democrats said members of their party were kept in the dark after a Republican state legislator tested positive for the coronavirus, even though some had been near him.

CNN PoliticsMay 28, 2020
Fired State Department inspector general was cleared in leak inquiry prior to his removal
Administration officials said President Donald Trump fired the State Department's inspector general this month because his office was suspected of leaking to the media -- but an independent investigation earlier this year found Steve Linick and his office had done no such thing.

Fox PoliticsMay 28, 2020
Trump says he will extend National Guard coronavirus help to states through mid-August
President Trump said Thursday he will extend the help of the National Guard aiding states in their fight against coronavirus through mid-August. 

The Daily BeastMay 27, 2020
Tik Tok Comedian Sarah Cooper Might Be the Best Trump Impressionist of All Time
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo Courtesy Phil ProvencioSarah Cooper, the comedian and author whom most people now know as the internet's favorite Trump impressionist, has had a pretty crazy month.

Comedians like Ben Stiller, Jerry Seinfeld, Mike Birbiglia, and Jane Lynch have been shouting out Cooper's impeccable lip syncs to the president's COVID-19 briefings for weeks. Her videos have appeared on Good Morning America and Ellen. Her follower count is through the roof. All because she decided—"like an old lady," as she told The Daily Beast during a recent interview—to finally figure out how, exactly, TikTok works.

"My nephew introduced me to it last summer, and then I just put it away," Cooper said. But soon enough after quarantine started, she found herself fiddling with the app again. "I said, you know what? I'm going to figure it out," Cooper said before putting on her best old lady voice to add, "I'm going to figure this out—this TikTok you kids are doing."

Read more at The Daily Beast.


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