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Published 4:19 a.m. ET June 2, 2020 | Updated 8:21 a.m. ET June 2, 2020
Music Curfews imposed as protests, separate violence continue
Curfews have already been imposed for Tuesday evening in several major U.S. cities, including New York and Washington, D.C., as groups of Americans continue to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, while others are looting and committing acts of violence. New York City imposed a late curfew Monday that failed to prevent more destruction, including arrests after a break-in at the iconic Macy’s store on 34th Street. In Washington on Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser called it “shameful” that police forcefully removed protesters using tear gas, rubber bullets and horses from an area near the White House before the city’s 7 p.m. curfew to apparently clear the way for President Donald Trump to walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington condemned Trump for his unannounced visit to the church, which was damaged by protesters who set a fire in the basement Sunday.
- ‘The president of law and order’:Trump says he’ll send in military if protests aren’t controlled
- ‘Nowhere to be found’: Governors blast Trump after he tells them they are ‘weak’ on call
- ‘Dominate the streets’:Military personnel, equipment seen in DC after Trump promise
Amid racial unrest across the nation, President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself “the president of law and order” and threatened to deploy the U.S. military to American cities to quell a rise of violent protests. (June 1)
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Music Biden to leave Delaware, speak about US unrest in Philadelphia
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden will leave the state of Delaware for the first time since mid-March Tuesday when he goes to Philadelphia to deliver remarks on the ongoing unrest due to the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Seeking to elevate his voice in the national debate over racism and police brutality, Biden on Monday offered emotional support and promised bold action during an in-person discussion with black leaders in Wilmington, Delaware, and a subsequent virtual meeting with big-city mayors who are grappling with racial tensions and frustrated by a lack of federal support. Largely sheltering in place amid the coronavirus, Biden has struggled to be heard from his makeshift home TV studio. But after another night of violent protests, he went out in public for the second time in two days and the third time since the pandemic arrived.
- Video:Pastor responds to Biden meeting following Floyd protests
- City visit:Biden visits site of Wilmington protests during weekend of turmoil
- ‘A country with an open wound’:Biden says he spoke with Floyd’s family, promises ‘justice’
- New poll:Biden lead over Trump jumps 8 points
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden met with community leaders at a predominantly African American church in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware on Monday. (June 1)
Music Primaries: Six races to watch as Dems, GOP vie for House, Senate nods
Eight states and Washington, D.C., will hold primary elections Tuesday, several of which were rescheduled as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the campaign cycle. Of those states, several like Indiana and Rhode Island, also significantly expanded their vote-by-mail options amid safety concerns about voting in person. Although the results of the presidential primary have been settled, races for offices down the ballot could help determine the battle for the House and Senate in November. Can Steve King retain his seat in Iowa? And who will face Sen. Joni Ernst? Here are some of the key races to watch.
- ‘Battle against the swamp’: Steve King fighting for his political life in competitive primary.
- Indiana election officials have a message for Hoosiers: Please, please, please vote by mail.
Many states are planning on drastically different elections this year and mail-in ballots could be a big game changer.
Music Black Out Tuesday: Music industry to protest death of George Floyd
Several top record labels have said they will halt their business operations during Black Out Tuesday, a message of solidarity after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. “This is not a day off,” Columbia Records announced in a tweet. “Instead, this is a day to reflect and figure out ways to move forward in solidarity.” Participating labels include RCA Records; Epic Records; Republic Records; Def Jam, UMG Nashville; and others. UMG’s Interscope Geffen A&M said that in addition to joining Black Out Tuesday, the label that is home to Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar would postpone several planned releases this week.
- Celebrities speak out:Cole Sprouse, John Cusack share their experiences
- Resources, ways to donate: How you can take action
Ariana Grande, Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon and other entertainers have joined protests across the country over the death of George Floyd.
Music Report: Facebook’s Zuckerberg to hold town hall after employee walkout
According to multiple reports, a group of Facebook employees participated in a virtual walkout Monday to protest the way the social media giant handles posts from President Donald Trump. The walkout came after a number of employees publicly criticized the company for its decision not to moderate Trump’s posts. In the latest notable example, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has defended the company’s decision to leave up a post by the president in which he warned, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The phrase echoes the language of a Miami police chief in 1967 and it was later used by segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace during the 1968 campaign. Twitter labeled Trump’s tweet as a violation of rules against “glorifying violence.” Facebook left the president’s post untouched. CNBC reported Monday that Zuckerberg plans to hold a town hall with employees Tuesday to address the situation.
- Zuckerberg addresses Trump posts:Facebook CEO defends handling of remarks on protests
- Twitter fact-checking Trump:Companies shouldn’t serve as ‘arbiter of truth,’ Zuckerberg says
- Separate approaches:Trump’s posts highlight differences between Twitter and Facebook
President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering a day after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. (May 27)
Contributing: Associated Press
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