Wednesday, June 2, 2021

New York Times reports Trump administration secretly obtained its reporters' phone records

The Trump administration's Justice Department secretly seized months of phone records from four New York Times reporters as part of a leak investigation, the newspaper reported Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/politics/trump-administration-phone-records-reporters-new-york-times/index.html

Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park: Your sneak preview

Delayed but not daunted, Spider-Man, Black Panther and other superheroes from Marvel Comics will debut their new land this week -- mere days before California loosens almost all Covid-19 restrictions.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/avengers-campus-disney-california-adventure-preview/index.html

These locally elected officials posted or openly supported QAnon conspiracy theories. Here's what happened after they took office

A normally orderly school board meeting in this small city began with an unusual warning that there should be no clapping or shouting. But things soon became so contentious that the meeting was brought to a halt for a 10-minute cooling-off period.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/politics/local-elections-qanon-community-impact-soh/index.html

UN sounds alarm over threat posed by emboldened Taliban, still closely tied to al Qaeda

An emboldened Taliban poses a severe and expanding threat to the government of Afghanistan, remains close to al Qaeda, and believes it can return to power by force if necessary, according to a United Nations Security Council report released on Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/middleeast/un-report-taliban-afghanistan-al-qaeda-intl/index.html

Dogecoin surges after Coinbase says some users can trade it

Dogecoin is going to the moon again.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/investing/dogecoin-surge-coinbase/index.html

Prosecutors request 30-year sentence for Derek Chauvin while defense argues for new trial

Prosecutors for the state of Minnesota are requesting a 30-year prison sentence for Derek Chauvin, the former officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd, according to a sentencing memo filed Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/us/derek-chauvin-sentencing/index.html

What Fauci's emails reveal -- and what they don't

This week, 3,234 pages of emails from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the President, were released through a Freedom Of Information Act request. I'm still trying to digest them all, as I expect many people are.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/opinions/anthony-fauci-emails-about-the-pandemic-ranney/index.html

As bombs rain down on Myanmar's hotbeds of rural resistance, tens of thousands flee to the jungle without food or water

In a remote part of Myanmar's far west, where narrow roads zigzag through treacherous mountain passes and villages nestle on precipitous slopes and ridges, lives a centuries-old community of hunters.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/asia/myanmar-chin-resistance-intl-hnk/index.html

Conservatives more likely to believe false news, new study finds

Political conservatives are more likely to believe untrue news reports than liberals are, researchers reported Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/health/conservatives-false-news-study/index.html

Talk of overturning the 2020 election on new social media platforms used by QAnon followers sparks fears of further violence

Online conversation among Trump supporters and QAnon followers on new and emerging social media platforms is creating concern on Capitol Hill that President Donald Trump's continued perpetuation of the falsehood that the 2020 election was stolen could soon incite further violence, three congressional sources tell CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/politics/telegram-qanon-trump-supporters/index.html

Rep. Mo Brooks is avoiding an insurrection lawsuit. Rep. Eric Swalwell hired a private investigator to find him.

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks is avoiding a lawsuit from his Democratic colleague Rep. Eric Swalwell that seeks to hold him accountable for the January 6 Capitol insurrection -- so much so that Swalwell's attorneys hired a private investigator to find him.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/politics/mo-brooks-eric-swalwell-insurrection-lawsuit/index.html

George P. Bush launches run for Texas attorney general

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced Wednesday night that he's running for attorney general in Texas, setting up a GOP showdown with one of the most high-profile Republican attorneys general in the country, Ken Paxton.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/politics/george-p-bush-texas-attorney-general/index.html

See what Trump supporters are saying on a new right-wing platform

CNN's Donie O'Sullivan reports on how Trump supporters are turning to a new platform called "Telegram" to push Donald Trump's big lie.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/06/02/trump-telegram-big-lie-2020-election-osullivan-vpx.cnn

'Strange bedfellows': Wolf Blitzer on Israeli opposition coalition

A coalition of Israeli political parties announced they had agreed ​to a deal to form a new government, paving the way for the exit of Israel's longest serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. CNN's Wolf Blitzer discusses with Oren Liebermann and Gil Hoffman, Chief Political Correspondent at The Jerusalem Post.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/06/02/israel-coalition-government-netanyahu-wolf-blitzer-tsr-vpx.cnn

12-year-old and 14-year-old broke into home, found weapons and opened fire on deputies

Deputies in Volusia County, Florida, shot a 14-year-old girl on Tuesday night after she and a 12-year-old boy fled a group home, broke into a house, found multiple guns inside and then opened fire on deputies, according to Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/us/florida-deputies-shooting-teen/index.html

Kim Jong Un gets new second-in-command in major changes to North Korea's ruling party

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has a new second-in-command, according to excerpts of a government document seen by CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/asia/north-korea-new-position-intl-hnk/index.html

'I know the power that a young girl carries in her heart': Malala unveiled as new Vogue cover star

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' education, has been unveiled as British Vogue's latest cover star.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/malala-yousafzai-vogue-cover/index.html

Hear Obama explain why he didn't always say what he was thinking about race

Former President Barack Obama explains why as the first Black President, he sometimes felt the need to hold back when addressing race and racism in America.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/06/02/barack-obama-race-nyt-sot-dlt-vpx.cnn

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Xi Jinping wants to 'make friends' with the world. But Beijing can't kick its wolf warrior habits

Xi Jinping wants China to learn how to make friends and influence people.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/02/china/xi-jinping-beijing-diplomacy-wolf-warriors-intl-mic-hnk/index.html

World Health Organization approves China's Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a Covid-19 vaccine made by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac for emergency use.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/01/health/who-approves-sinovac-covid-vaccine-intl-hnk/index.html

See US and allies fly over NATO countries in message to Putin

The US and allies take part in a large scale NATO mission involving more than 20 NATO nations, flying over NATO member states in an exercise designed in part to send a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/06/02/us-and-allies-nato-flyover-putin-robertson-pkg-ebof-vpx.cnn

Blind Chinese man climbs Mount Everest

The 46-year old Chinese Zhang Hong has scaled the tallest peak in the world from the Nepal side, becoming the first blind man in Asia and the third in the world to climb Mount Everest.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/blind-china-climber-mount-everest-intl-hnk/index.html

Terrifying video shows teen grab her dog from huge bear

Home surveillance camera captures the moment a brave teen rescued her dog after a huge bear grabbed it by its vest to try to protect her own cubs.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/06/02/teen-fights-bear-dogs-cubs-vpx.kcbs-kcal

State Department demands release of US journalist imprisoned in Myanmar

The State Department has called on Myanmar's military regime to release Danny Fenster, an American journalist based in Myanmar who was detained earlier this week as he tried to board a flight out of the country. CNN's Anna Coren reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/06/01/fenster-myanmar-prison-lead-coren-pkg-vpx.cnn

Book excerpt alleges Sean Hannity scripted Trump campaign ad

A new book about Trump's 2020 campaign claims Fox News host Sean Hannity scripted one of the campaign's TV ads that the campaign then paid Fox news to run.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/06/01/brian-stelter-fox-news-hannity-trump-ad-nr-vpx.cnn

Goldman Sachs' CEO will perform at Lollapalooza

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon will DJ at Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival this July alongside acts like Metallica, Dua Lipa, Doja...