Thursday Executive Summary
Twitter hacked, NYPD officers attacked, George Floyd footage, and more.
Above the Fold
“Several high-profile Twitter accounts, including those of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former president Barack Obama, appeared to be hacked simultaneously on Wednesday with a message soliciting participation in a Bitcoin scam,” National Reviews reports. “The hacking effort also targeted Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kanye West, Warren Buffett, and the corporate accounts of Uber and Apple. … Many of the tweets included a link to a Bitcoin wallet address. Close to 300 people reportedly fell for the scam and contributed more than $100,000 to the fake wallet.” Thanks, Obama!
On a serious note, National Review also reveals: “A number of New York City police officers including the NYPD department chief were injured at a George Floyd protest on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday morning. … ‘Three officers violently attacked by protesters crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. The officers sustained serious injuries,’ the NYPD wrote. ‘This is not peaceful protest, this will not be tolerated.’” Meanwhile, Fox News appropriately notes, “The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) endorsed President Trump’s reelection Wednesday, praising his ‘steadfast and very public support’ for law enforcement. NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.”
Government & Politics
Minneapolis police body-cam footage of George Floyd’s arrest released on the same day Floyd’s family announced a lawsuit against the city and the officers charged in his death (Fox News)
Trump shakes up campaign leadership, demotes manager Brad Parscale and promotes Chris Christie campaign veteran Bill Stepien (The Hill)
Liberty University slaps New York Times with $10 million suit for “made up” coronavirus story (Washington Examiner)
U.S. weighs sweeping and deserved travel ban on Chinese Communist Party members (The New York Times)
“Disrupt and destroy MS-13”: DOJ announces first-ever terrorism charges in nationwide gang crackdown (Fox News)
The Trump administration said it would no longer require foreign students to attend in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic in order to remain in the country (The New York Times)
The Latest on COVID-19
Florida department of health exposed for massively overreporting positive cases (The Blaze)
“I feel fine”: Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt tests positive (The Daily Wire)
Can you get infected twice? Researchers say possibility is “certainly real” (USA Today)
Business & Economy
China economy expands 3.2% after 6.8% contraction in previous quarter (Time)
August surprise: Tsunami of bankruptcies forecast as government aid runs dry (The Washington Times)
As frivolous lawsuits surge, liability reform remains top GOP priority (Washington Examiner)
Walmart will require shoppers to wear masks; other retailers urged to follow (NPR)
Private religious schools more likely than public schools to reopen in fall (Washington Examiner)
Culture & Heartland
National Museum of African American History and Culture publishes multi-racist graphic linking “rational linear thinking” and “nuclear family” to white culture (National Review)
George Washington University’s “anti-bigotry” reading list includes book that equates conservatism with racism (The Washington Free Beacon)
Court renders unconstitutional part of major Virginia gun control measure that would have virtually outlawed private handgun purchases for people under 21 (The Washington Free Beacon)
Policy: Joe Biden bends the knee to AOC on climate (Washington Examiner)
Policy: The two-party system isn’t the problem. It’s nationalization. (Washington Examiner)
Humor: Walmart now requires all shoppers to wear pants (The Babylon Bee)
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