President Trump threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies. This comes a day after Twitter singled out Trump and added a ’warning’ to some of his tweets. ’Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen’, Trump tweet
The Texas Supreme Court has blocked a decision that allowed mail-in balloting for voters who feared for their health because of COVID-19. ’We agree with the state that a voter’s lack of immunity to COVID-19, without more, is not a ’disability’ as defined by the Election Code’, the Chief Justice said in a ruling. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton welcomed the decision.
A review of state records shows that White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has voted by absentee ballot every time she has voted since 2008, a total of 12 times. McEnany, voted most recently in this manner, in March in the 2020 presidential primary. She defended her own record of mail-in voting saying that she has long been absent from her state of residence.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats postponed a vote on Wednesday to reauthorize key parts of the federal surveillance program (FISA), after an 11th hour revolt by Republicans and progressive Democrats. The decision came a little over 24 hours after Trump threw his weight into the House’s FISA debate by calling on Republicans to oppose the bill.
The State Department announced that the US would stop allowing foreign companies to facilitate Iran’s civil nuclear activities, the latest effort by the Trump administration to dismantle an Obama-era accord with Tehran. Companies from Russia, China and Europe will have 60 days to wind down their operations converting nuclear plants for peaceful purposes, as allowed under the 2015 nuclear agreement
President Trump Wednesday said he has ordered both the FBI and the DOJ to investigate the death of George Floyd, tweeting that the death was ’tragic’. The president’s tweet came after Joe Biden called on the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division to investigate the death. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has terminated the services of the four officers at the scene and called the FBI to investigate the incident.
Bill Barr has asked US Attorney of Texas John Bash to review instances of ’unmasking’ done around the 2016 election. ’Unmasking’ refers to revealing the identity of a person whose name is collected in intelligence reports monitoring the communications of foreign agents. Earlier this month, a list of names of Obama admin officials was declassified who had requested the ’unmasking’ of Michael Flynn.
Tulsi Gabbard withdrew her lawsuit against Hillary Clinton Wednesday, citing more pressing concerns like defeating Trump. The complaint filed in January sought $50 million in damages from Clinton for saying that Gabbard was being groomed to run as a third-party candidate and was a favorite of the Russians. Clinton had also suggested (without naming her) that Gabbard’s a Russian asset’.
After Twitter implemented a fact check on some of President Trump’s tweets, some reports have emerged around the background of one official responsible for the fact-checking policy. As per Fox News, Yoel Roth previously referred to Trump and his team as ’ACTUAL NAZIS’, called Mitch McConnell a ’personality-free bag of farts’. Twitter clarified that ’no one person is responsible for policies’.
Wednesday on NBC’s ’Today,’ Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) said President Donald Trump should ’just stick with the facts, not opinions’ in regards to the safety of mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Ilhan Omar, a Democratic Representative from Minnesota on Wednesday condemned the use of rubber bullets and tear gas by law enforcement on crowds which had gathered in Minneapolis to protest against the death of George Floyd, who died Tuesday evening. Ms. Omar said that shooting rubber bullets at unarmed protesters which included children should not be ’tolerated’.
The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, stressed that in order to effectively combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans must wear masks in public spaces. Although he conceded that masks are not always 100% effective in preventing the spread of droplets, he also said they are a good public health habit to practice.
President Trump is set to sign an executive order ’pertaining to social media’ on Thursday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday. She did not offer any further details. The announcement follows a multi-day feud between the president and Twitter after Twitter tagged two of his tweets with fact chacks.
Reacting to anti-lockdown protesters having hung an effigy of his, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said he will ’not be afraid’. ’I will not be bullied. And I will not back down. Not to them, and not to anybody else’, Beshear added, stressing that he will ’continue to do what’s right’. An effigy of Beshear was hung during a protest over Memorial Day weekend.
Mitt Romney, a Republican Senator from Utah came to the aid of former Rep. Joe Scarborough and the widower of a former staffer who worked at Mr. Scarborough’s congressional office. President Trump has repeatedly suggested that Mr. Scarborough was involved in the staffer’s death.