Going Full Liberal
In response to the arrest of a man who walked into a cafe holding a baseball bat and screaming through a megaphone, a riot broke out in Madison, Wisconsin, Tuesday night. The result was violence, including the brutal assault of a “gay progressive” Democratic politician, as well as property damage, including toppled monuments, among them a statue dedicated to an abolitionist.
On Wednesday, Madison’s Democratic mayor — who champions the idea of “reimagining public safety” — issued an incensed rebuke of the “protesters” who wreaked havoc in her city.
“[W]hat happened last night in Madison was far from peaceful and exceeding dangerous,” Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said in the statement posted Wednesday on her government website. “People attacked a State Senator who championed workers’ rights in 2011, tore down a statue of an abolitionist who died trying to end slavery during the Civil War, and attempted to set fire to a building with dozens of people inside.”
Among the victims of the Madison riot Tuesday night was Democratic State Sen. Tim Carpenter, who was assaulted after he took photos of protesters.
“I don’t know what happened … all I did was stop and take a picture … and the next thing I’m getting five-six punches, getting kicked in the head,” Carpenter told The Washington Post. “This has got to stop before someone gets killed. Sad thing I’m on their side for peaceful demonstrations — am a Gay Progressive Dem Senator served 36 years in the legislature.”
The Dow gained 299.66 points, or 1.18%, to close at 25,745.60. The S&P 500 climbed 1.10% to 3,083.76. The Nasdaq Composite advanced by 1.09% to 10,017.00 Another increase in coronavirus cases and news of easier banking regulation left the market struggling for direction throughout Thursday’s session.
Florida reported on Thursday 5,004 additional coronavirus cases.
That’s slightly down from the state’s single-day record of 5,508, which was reported Wednesday. In Arizona, cases jumped by 5.1%, topping the state’s seven-day average of 2.3%.
Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state would pause its reopening plans given the recent spike in cases and hospitalizations.
This recent uptick comes after the U.S. suffered its single-biggest daily coronavirus cases surge on record. Concerns over the the coronavirus pushed the Dow down more than 200 points earlier in the day. Stocks recovered to close higher in the final hour of trading.
Bank shares rose broadly after the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission said it would allow banks to more easily make large investments into funds such as venture capital funds. JPMorgan Chase rose 3.49% and Bank of America advanced 3.82%. Citigroup advanced 3.68%.
Personal income data and consumer sentiment numbers are set for release Friday.
The Trump Update
A slew of companies operating in the United States have been discovered by the Department of Defense to be owned or controlled by the People’s Liberation Army.
According to Reuters, the list names 20 firms, some of which are already under American trade restrictions.
Companies found to have ties to China’s PLA include several telecommunications giants, a surveillance company and even an airplane manufacturer.
While President Donald Trump’s administration is now seeing even more of China’s unfair practices, the White House did not immediately lay out what steps would be taken to hold the companies accountable.
The Entity List is essentially a trade blacklist that gives the government power to hinder companies working against American security interests.
Military families know a kind of separation that many of us will never have to face. Their loved ones — siblings, parents, spouses — who have dedicated themselves to their country are often out of reach for long periods of time.
It can be especially difficult on the remaining spouse, who has to be strong and run the household single-handedly, but it’s also tough on the kids because they’re missing a parent.
Hannah Sanchez of Tampa, Florida, photographed those special moments when Lt. Col. Simon McKenzie greeted his family for the first time in months, which just happened to fall on Father’s Day.
As Kristin McKenzie and her three kids posed and Sanchez snapped shots, a car parked in the background.
A door opened and closed. A soldier in uniform got out. He started walking up behind them.
By the time he was a few paces away, Kristin — who was in on the big surprise — lost it. She balled up her fists and shut her eyes tight with anticipation as her kids smiled and continued looking forward, completely unaware of what was about to happen.
The photos have been shared 11,000 times, with many reporting that they were unable to get through the series without shedding a few tears themselves.
Kristin also shared them, admitting that she started crying when she heard him approach.
“I started sobbing when I heard his footsteps behind us,” she said in a comment on her post.