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POLITICS 🏛️

Trump tweets against state bailouts angering governors

  • On Monday, President Trump tweeted his opposition to bailouts for states whose economies have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Trump’s tweet spurred an already heated debate over additional federal assistance to struggling states
  • Gov. Cuomo (D-NY) argued that rebuking states seeking federal assistance goes against the goal of a national rebuild that will require distribution of funds across the country

WORLD 🌎

New Zealand claims 'elimination' of coronavirus

  • On Monday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden claimed that the country had “eliminated” the coronavirus
  • The country reported one new case, four probable cases, and one new death as restrictions were eased from level four to level three
  • Schools are set to reopen in a limited capacity, and work in manufacturing and forestry will resume

TECH 📱

COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Governments debate whether to use their own app or Apple’s and Google’s

  • Apple and Google are developing contact tracing technology to track the spread of COVID-19 using Bluetooth in smartphones
  • Several European countries have announced that they will use the tech built by Apple and Google, but other such as France, the UK, and several US states are preferring government-run options
  • Apple and Google’s technology is supposed to be integrated with government apps, but many governments’ technology goes against privacy promises made by Apple and Google

BUSINESS 💰

Food supply chain at risk as plants shut down

  • The coronavirus has significantly impacted the meat industry as closures and operational cuts have hit pork, beef, and poultry processing plants across the country
  • Tyson Foods Chairman, John H. Tyson, warned that “the food supply chain is breaking” days after Tyson closed a large pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa after several employees tested positive for COVID-19
  • The closure is one of several plants involving major companies including, Smithfield Foods pork plant in South Dakota and JBS USA meatpacking plant in Wisconsin

US 🦅

UFO videos officially released by Pentagon

  • The Pentagon has officially released three videos showing “unidentified aerial phenomena” that were previously released by a private company
  • The videos are infrared camera recordings that show unidentified flying objects in motion. Two of the videos contain audio of pilots reacting to the quick movements of the object
  • The Navy confirmed the authenticity of the videos last year when they were first released. They are officially releasing them now to clear up any misconceptions by the public

SPORTS 🏀

Lakers return money from loan program

  • The LA Lakers returned $4.6 million that they received from the government as a part of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program
  • The program is intended to help small businesses get through the economic burden caused by the pandemic
  • The Lakers returned the money after reports indicated that hundreds of thousands of smaller businesses were not able to receive aid from the $348 billion package

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