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President Trump on Tuesday had a go at Harvard for keeping classes online only for at least half of the 2020-21 school year — saying that the storied Ivy League university should “be ashamed of themselves.” “I see where Harvard asked that they are closing for the season, or maybe for the year. I think... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Harvard is a liberal overrated college.
An ad boycott against Facebook is threatening to get wider after a meeting over hate speech between Mark Zuckerberg and civil-rights groups fizzled. The social network’s 36-year-old chief executive, along with his top lieutenant Sheryl Sandberg, met on Zoom Tuesday with the organizers of the monthlong boycott — which has attracted more than 400 advertisers... New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.
President Trump on Tuesday said that his administration would be “putting a lot of pressure” on US governors to reopen public schools in the fall. “We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open. It’s very important,” Trump said at a White House event... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good leadership.
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The White House notified Congress of the WHO withdrawal even as COVID-19 cases spike in the US and across the globe.
Across the U.S., Black people have reported incidents of alleged hate crimes and violent backlash as Black Lives Matter has gained broad support.
VOA VIEW: The hate crimes and violence are on the part of blacks.
A southwest Ohio county's sheriff says that, despite state orders on mandatory public masking, his force will not become the "mask police." Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said in an interview with Cincinnati's WXIX-TV Fox-19 that the department does not want to get 911 calls about unmasked people ... Washington Times
A federal judge has refused to order release of medically vulnerable prisoners from a Louisiana jail to prevent them from getting ill with the new coronavirus. The Advocate reports that the judge was acting in an ongoing lawsuit over conditions at the East Baton ... Washington Times
Prosecutors in Iowa have filed a rarely used leak charge against Black Lives Matter protesters accused of stealing a confidential police document and displaying it during a television news broadcast. Two protesters are charged with unauthorized dissemination of intelligence data, a felony that carries up to ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It's about time.
The U.S. Attorney in Oregon announced federal charges Tuesday against seven protesters who are accused in court papers of defacing a federal courthouse and assaulting federal officers during protests in Portland, Oregon against racial injustice and police brutality. The protesters are charged with offenses ranging from disorderly ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: As they should.
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An increase in cyberattacks on outsourced information technology services has raised red flags within the federal government's cybersecurity community. The Secret Service alerted government officials and some in the private sector to its discovery of an increase in targeted hacks of managed service providers, according to a memo obtained by ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: China is responsible.
TikTok says it has never provided user data to the Chinese government. ABC
VOA VIEW: As the US should.
Work crews in Richmond, Virginia, have lifted away an monument to Confederate Gen. J ABC
Hong Kong's leader has provided scant reassurance over the city's future under a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the city ABC
VOA VIEW: A dumb China move.
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Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley will not be attending the Republican National Convention for the first time in his 40-year Senate career due to concerns about the coronavirus ABC
VOA VIEW: Grassley is acting foolish.
Foreign students in the U.S. planning to attend schools that will only offer online classes in the fall will need to transfer, depart the country or face potential deportation. CBS
Taxpayers who haven't yet filed their taxes will need to get them to the IRS by July 15 or request an extension. CBS
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Almost 1 in 3 jobless workers mistakenly believe their unemployment benefits are tax-free. CBS
VOA VIEW: No free rides on money received.
Pompeo doesn't recommend downloading the app unless "you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party." CBS
VOA VIEW: Only a fool would download TikTok.
"I don't think it should be a surprise if the deaths start to rise again. It will be very unfortunate but it may happen." CNBC
VOA VIEW: WHO cannot be trusted.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday, shortly after the presidential palace said he had been displaying symptoms associated with the disease. CNBC
Billionaires, country clubs, private jet companies and Kanye West all received millions in government funding under the Paycheck Protection Program, according to filings. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As stated before - the politically connected would benefit the most.
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The trip to Florida comes as the state reports a steady surge of coronavirus cases, which challenges Trump's push to reopen the U.S. economy. CNBC
Amid the coronavirus crisis, many international students might not be able to study in the U.S., which could cause a major disruption in our college system. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Colleges have been getting fat off all.
President Donald Trump tweeted that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace should apologize after a noose was found hanging in his team's garage because it had been put up months ago and falsely claimed that NASCAR's ratings have been down since they banned the confederate flag. CNN
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
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The U.S. is still "knee-deep" in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as officials continue to announce record-breaking surges of new cases in some parts of the country. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Fauci has always been wrong.
White House peace team to meet today • Jordan, Egypt, Germany and France warn against move Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Annexation is needed.
In an annual funding bill, they demand Confederate statues be removed from the Capitol building. Politico
VOA VIEW: Dems are selling their soles for a vote.
The speaker called for bipartisan action to penalize Beijing for violating Hong Kong's legal autonomy, but didn't commit to take up a sanctions bill. Politico
A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a record 6.5 million hires in May -- a monthly increase of 2.4 million -- along with a record drop in job separations. UPI
Tropical Storm Cristina formed in the Pacific Ocean late Monday and is on track to become the first hurricane of 2020, forecasters say. UPI
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said Tuesday that the company would do a better job enforcing polices to fight the spread of hate after an independent civil rights audit. UPI
VOA VIEW: Facebook cannot be trusted
Tuesday is designated as Blackout Day, a solidarity movement that calls for black Americans to demonstrate their economic influence as a measure to spur equality and justice nationwide. UPI
VOA VIEW: A foolish waste of time.
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They referenced "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" a speech abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass gave in 1852 about the hypocrisy of American values against the continued use of slavery. "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine," Douglass said in his speech. "You may rejoice, I must mourn." Many racial inequities still exist today even without slavery, and the alliance organizers have called for reforms for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the criminal justice system. The demands include redistributing the IMPD budget to the community and creating a community-led police review board.
Realty must be brought to the forefront. There would be total chaos if police are taken out.