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Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. Here's what's blinging today... 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Justin Amash decides against third-party bid

  • Amash, the Michigan congressman who left the Republican Party last year, announced that he will not be running for president as a third-party candidate
  • Over the past month, there was speculation of Amash’s running after he assembled an exploratory committee
  • Amash cites the ongoing pandemic, claiming that it will be even harder for third-party candidates to gain recognition

US 🦅

Obama criticizes Trump administration

  • Whilst speaking for an online HBCU graduation ceremony, former President Obama said “a lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge,” in reference to the administration’s coronavirus response
  • The comments come after Trump coined “#Obamagate,” a supposed major crime committed by the former president, though the claim does not seem to have any kind of basis of truth
  • On Saturday, Trump argued that Democrats and the media were inaccurately portraying his administration's response
Watch Obama’s message to HBCU grads here, watch his general message to 2020 grads here

WORLD 🌎

Germans protests stay-at-home orders

  • Across the country, a multitude of German citizens took to the streets in protest against restrictions imposed by the government to contain the coronavirus pandemic
  • Germany has already relaxed some of its lockdown restrictions in the prior weeks
  • Protesters faced backlash on social media, being referred to as “Covidiots”

BUSINESS 💰

J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy

  • The department store is the latest coronavirus casualty, following in the footsteps of J. Crew and Nieman Marcus
  • J.C. Penney has begun to open some of its stores in stages, though shareholders worry that customers will be reluctant to return

TECH 📱

Facebook buys GIPHY

  • The social media conglomerate announced its acquisition of the GIF-sharing platform on Friday, with a speculated buy price of $300-$400 million
  • It is anticipated that Facebook will implement the GIPHY platform into its newsfeed and message functions on the main website

SPORTS 🏟️

German Bundesliga resumes play

  • The German soccer league resumed play on Saturday, featuring eight matchups throughout the weekend
  • Though games are being played, no fans are permitted inside of the stadiums and active social distancing measures are being taken for players
  • If successful, other global sports leagues are anticipated to follow suit

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Coronavirus 🦠. 83 percent of coronavirus deaths in Florida are people 65 and older
  • Gaming 🎮. Video game spending reaches record high
  • Entertainment 🎥. Comic actor Fred Willard dies at 86
  • Music 🎵. Corey Taylor raises more than $150,000 for COVID-19 response
  • Heartwarming 😊. New Hampshire postal worker leaves gift cards for 2020 grads


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