Welcome to America’s Newsletter from Tag The Flag, the best morning newsletter on the internet, bringing you nonpartisan news and every view of the Red, White, and Blue. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
📌 BULLETIN BOARD
Good news: The internet is back on in Sudan following a three-week, military-imposed shutdown. Bad News: it has only been turned on for one person…
🦅 U.S. NEWS
Gerrymandering, Citizenship, & The Sprinting Intern
Yesterday was a big day for America’s Supreme court. The group of nine ruled that federal judges cannot interfere in cases of gerrymandering. In a 5-4 decision, justices said that while partisan redrawing of electoral districts by incumbent parties was undemocratic, it was not up to them “to reallocate political power” between Republicans and Democrats. America’s highest court also blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, saying the explanation for wanting its inclusion was inadequate. The administration has argued it would help enforce voting laws. Critics say it would deter immigrants from responding: census data are used to allocate congressional seats. Mr Trump said he asked lawyers if the census could be delayed. The Sprinting Intern: Click here to see how “intern season” is in full effect in Washington, D.C. – The Economist / Getty Images
New York City declares a climate emergency, the first US city with more than a million residents to do so
New York City officials declared a climate emergency in an effort to mobilize local and national responses to stall global warming. Why it matters: New York’s declaration is significant for the sheer scope of its constituency: The next-largest council to make the statement counts just under 1 million inhabitants. Across the Pond: In May, the UK became the first national government to declare a climate emergency. Be smart: Climate emergency declarations typically don’t contain policy measures on how to slow climate change, but function as symbols of municipalities’ commitment to fighting it with future legislation. – CNN
Amazon launches in-store pickup
Amazon customers in the U.S. will now be able to pick up their packages over the counter from a nearby retailer. The new service will start at 100 Rite Aid pharmacy stores, expanding to 1,500 stores by the end of the year. Amazon is also looking to get other retailers to join the program, which will not require additional costs for customers. Why it matters: the news comes as Axios reports that Amazon is now its own biggest shipper, surpassing FedEx, the postal service and UPS. – Reuters / Axios
🤝 PRESENTED BY: KENNY FLOWERS
Wit and Fit: With names like “The No Way Rose“, “Nauti By Nature“, “The Johnny Blunami“, and simply, “The Sucker” there’s no way your mood won’t be lifted as soon as you try on a Kenny Flowers shirt. Our favorite names are “The American Holiday” and “Bold Glory“.
🌎 WORLD NEWS
What to Expect from the G20 Summit
The 2019 G20 summit kicks off today in Osaka, Japan. Given the current geopolitical climate, meetings between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin — as well as between Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping — will be of particular interest. Why it matters: The G20 summit offers an opportunity for the Trump administration to make significant progress in its foreign-policy pursuits. While a resolution to the trade dispute with China is perhaps the top priority, working on relations with Russia should not lag far behind. – National Review
Tunisia’s President Essebsi suffers ‘severe health crisis’
Tunisia’s 92-year-old president has been taken to a military hospital in a critical condition, after suffering “a serious health crisis”, the presidency said. Why it matters: The North African country is considered the only democratic success of the Arab Spring of 2011. Mr Essebsi was Tunisia’s interim, post-Spring prime minister before being elected president in 2014. In April he ruled out running for a second term. – Al Jazeera
Trio of sharks kills California college student snorkeling in the Bahamas
An American tourist has died in a shark attack while snorkeling with her family in the Bahamas. The victim’s parents and other family members saw the sharks and yelled a warning but she didn’t hear them in time. Fatal shark attacks are “rare” in the Bahamas, with the last confirmed killing of a tourist in February 2008. News of the latest fatal attack comes after multiple shark attacks off the Carolinas on the East Coast. A GoFundMe page is trying to raise money to cover funeral expenses that include transporting her body from the Bahamas to her home in Torrance for burial. – Charlotte Observer
Ford Cuts Jobs in European Shake-Up
Ford plans to cut 12,000 jobs in Europe—nearly a quarter of its workforce there—in an attempt to make the region profitable. It expects to shed six of its 24 European manufacturing plants by the end of next year. Ford, like other carmakers, has struggled with falling demand. It would like to free up money to invest in electric cars. Elsewhere, Taco Bell announced that later this summer, the chain will open the Bell, a hotel and resort in Palm Springs, California that will appeal to only the most-devoted Nachos Bellgrande lovers out there. Reservations sold out in two minutes. – Eater / CNBC
The London Series: Yankees vs. Red Sox
Inspired by the success of basketball and American football, Major League Baseball is hoping to make its mark with its European debut in London this weekend. The upcoming fixtures between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will see the biggest and oldest rivalry in US sport played out in front of more than 130,000 fans at London Stadium. Tickets sold out almost instantly, despite inflated costs compared to equivalent fixtures at the Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park. So is this a thing now? Looks like it: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has announced the St Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will return for the second MLB London Series on 13-14 June 2020. By the way: check out the plane the Red Sox took to London. – BBC
Twitter Adds Warning Label For Offensive Political Tweets
Twitter is creating a warning label to flag and suppress political tweets that break the platform’s rules on acceptable speech. Why it matters: It’s a bold step for the company, which has come under sharp criticism for its handling of tweets by major political figures including President Trump. Details: The company will not delete the offensive, bullying or hateful tweets of politicians. But, it announced in a blog post Thursday, it will begin marking them up. When a politician’s tweet breaks the rules, it will get hidden under a warning label. – NPR
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1969: The Stonewall Riots begin in NYC’s Greenwich Village
Sometime after midnight, in what is now regarded by many as history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for LGBT people, a police raid of the Stonewall Inn—a popular gay club located on New York City’s Christopher Street—turns violent as patrons and local sympathizers begin rioting against the police.
🇺🇸 TOP TAGS
Yesterday’s top tag started the one week countdown to July 4th from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania…
What are the most LGBT-friendly travel countries in the world?