Friday News Executive Summary
National Guard to Twin Cities, Klobuchar in hot water, Twitter censorship, and more.
Above the Fold
“Cheering protesters [correction: rioters] torched a Minneapolis police station Thursday that the department was forced to abandon,” the AP reports, while Twin Cities Business adds that a $30 million affordable housing project has likewise been reduced to a smoldering pile of ash. Meanwhile, KSTP-TV notes, “The Minnesota National Guard is being called on to help contain protests in the Twin Cities after a violent past two days after George Floyd’s death.”
According to The Daily Wire, “Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) declined to prosecute the police officer who is at the center of the death of George Floyd over previous conduct complaints while she was a prosecutor in Hennepin County, which includes most of Minneapolis.” Emily Larsen at the Washington Examiner points out that Klobuchar may need to kiss her veep aspirations goodbye.
Government & Politics
Twitter censors Trump’s Minneapolis tweet for “glorifying violence”; the tweet simply stated, “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” (Fox News)
Twitter slaps misinformation label on Chinese spox’s tweets claiming U.S. Army started COVID-19 (The Daily Caller)
“Tantamount to monopoly”: Trump signs executive order to curb “unchecked power” of social-media giants (Washington Examiner)
In 417-1 vote, House passes bill to grant flexibility for small business aid program (The Hill)
House again cancels vote on FISA reauthorization due to a dearth of GOP support (The Hill)
Business & Economy
Corporate profits drop by 13.9% in first quarter, the most since the 2008 Great Recession (MarketWatch)
U.S. economy shrank at a revised 5% annual rate in the first quarter (previous estimate was 4.8%) (CNBC)
Possible vendetta? George Floyd, fired officer overlapped security shifts at south Minneapolis club (KSTP.com)
For the record: A supposed photo of Officer Derek Chauvin wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” hat is of another individual altogether (The Dispatch)
Armed civilians save local businesses during Minneapolis riots (The Washington Free Beacon)
Active-duty Fort Leavenworth soldier pinned down shooter with truck, likely saved “countless lives” (The Daily Wire)
The more asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the better (Washington Examiner)
Policy: Florida has proven that a measured, evidence-based response to reopening works (City Journal)
Policy: How to reform unemployment insurance for a reopened economy (E21)
Humor: Twitter hires French immigrant Hilareaux L'Clintoneux to fact-check Trump’s tweets (The Babylon Bee)
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