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Wednesday News Executive Summary

GOP Convention relocating, Cuomo-de Blasio tussle, Steve King ousted, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jun. 3, 2020

Above the Fold

  • Yesterday, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, @NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena. … We are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.” Nashville, Tennessee, is among the substitute cities being scouted.

  • Talk about bad blood… “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday slammed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of riots in his city, calling it a ‘disgrace’ and saying he has the power to ‘displace’ the mayor — although doesn’t want to at this point,” according to Fox News. The outlet later reported, “Mayor Bill de Blasio called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to apologize to the NYPD.” According to Cuomo, “The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job,” whereas de Blasio says the governor “dishonored the men and women of the NYPD in an absolutely inappropriate way for any leader to do.” Blue-state “leadership” is quite inspiring, ain’t it?

George Floyd Fallout

  • “Not stopping”: Defiant New York City protesters march through curfew (AP)

  • Rioters lit house on fire that had child inside — then blocked firefighters (Law Enforcement Today)

  • South Philadelphia gun-shop owner shoots, kills looter (NBC Philadelphia)

  • Black retired police captain shot to death at St. Louis pawn shop in slaying caught on Facebook Live (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • Sacramento Kings announcer Grant Napear out following “All Lives Matter” tweet (Fox News)

  • Elderly black woman slams looters for wrecking small business: “You needed money? Get a job!” (Fox News)

  • Minnesota Human Rights Department launches probe into Minneapolis police (StarTribune)

  • Minneapolis school board votes to end contract with police (Fox News)

Government & Politics

  • George W. Bush — who was unfairly panned as a racist while president — calls out racial injustices and celebrates protesters who “march for a better future” (The Washington Post)

  • Political theater: Joe Biden to attend George Floyd funeral (The Hill)

  • Good riddance: Inflammatory Rep. Steve King ousted on historic primary night (Politico)

  • Rod Rosenstein to face Senate Judiciary Committee questions over Russia probe (NBC News)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Coronavirus will cost the economy nearly $8 trillion, Congressional Budget Office says (CNBC)

  • Thanks, Caption Obvious: China delayed releasing coronavirus info, supposedly “frustrating” WHO (AP)

  • U.S. to send two million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil (UPI)

  • Wuhan doctor at whistleblower’s hospital dies from coronavirus (AFP)

Other Notables

  • SpaceX to follow historic astronaut mission with yet another launch (CNET)

  • Economic destruction from riots and looting will hit minorities hardest (Washington Examiner)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Why abusive cops so often keep their jobs (Mises Institute)

  • Policy: Yes, Trump can use military to quell spreading riots — and he should if states and cities fail to do the job (Issues & Insights)

  • Humor: “JUST LOOT IT”: Nike releases commemorative shoe to honor anarchists (The Babylon Bee)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights.

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