Today is June 30 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1. Pentagon says ‘no corroborating’ evidence to stand up NYT report on Russian bounties
Fox News reports: The Defense Department said late Monday that there is “no corroborating evidence” to support the explosive New York Times report last week that said the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The report sent shock waves through Washington and prompted President Trump to outright deny knowing anything about the intel cited in the report.
“To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports. Regardless, we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan—and around the world—most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats,” Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.
— NSC (@WHNSC) June 30, 2020
DML: Another day in the “take down Trump” media.
2. Netflix announces new series about Colin Kaepernick
CBS News reports: Colin Kaepernick fans will soon learn a lot more about the activist and football player — thanks to a new six-episode scripted series centering around his adolescent life. Netflix on Monday announced that renowned filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Kaepernick have created a limited series, titled “Colin in Black & White.”
“The series will focus on Kaepernick’s formative high school years, lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today,” the company said in a news release. The show aims to provide an “introspective look” at Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up in his White adoptive family and his road to becoming a talented NFL quarterback while “defining his identity.”
Kaepernick will appear as himself in the series as its narrator.
He would grow up to play in the Super Bowl and realize you never stop fighting for your dreams.
She would grow up to tell stories that matter to millions.
— Netflix (@netflix) June 29, 2020
DML: A film about that race baiting dirt bag will end up doing just as poorly as the film on the other race baiting dirt bag, aka the former first lady married to Obama.
3. Armed St. Louis protesters broke iron gate, threatened couple before they drew their own guns, attorney says
Fox News reports: A Missouri couple under fire for brandishing guns in the front yard of their home as protesters passed told police the group broke a gate to get onto the private street, and the pair say they only retrieved their firearms when they spotted “multiple” people who were already armed, department records show.
Al Watkins, an attorney for Mark McCloskey, 63, and his 61-year-old wife, Patricia, said the protest was largely peaceful and the pair did not bring their guns outside of the home until two men in particular, both of whom were white, started menacing them.
“Once through the gate, the victims advised the group that they were on a private street and trespassing and told them to leave,” the police summary further states. “The group began yelling obscenities and threats of harm to both victims. When the victims observed multiple subjects who were armed, they then armed themselves and contacted police.”
— Daniel Shular (@xshularx) June 29, 2020
DML: It’s almost unreal to think a family protecting themselves is now the guilty party, but in the world we live in today the criminals are the people with all the rights.
4. Trump’s ‘white power’ retweet set off ‘five-alarm fire’ in White House
NBC reports: President Donald Trump set off a “five-alarm fire” in the White House on Sunday morning after he retweeted a video of one of his supporters saying “white power,” according to two White House officials.
The video remained on the president’s Twitter page, where he has 82 million followers, for more than three hours because White House officials couldn’t reach him to ask him to delete it, the two officials said. The president was at his golf club in Virginia and had put his phone down, the officials said.
Aides also tried unsuccessfully to reach deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino to ask him to delete the retweet, officials said. Once officials were able to reach the president, he agreed to delete it, they said.
Q: “This morning you said that he didn’t hear the phrase ‘White Power’ in the portion of the video…does the president retweet other people’s tweets and videos without knowing the full contents…?”@PressSec Kayleigh McEnany: “He did not hear that particular phrase…” pic.twitter.com/1wi6YjpDgn
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 29, 2020
DML: Who gives a shit. Seriously, “black power” is acceptable but “white power” isn’t permitted? What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander, even when the gander isn’t black. Can’t we just be normal again. Why all the color fighting, I don’t get it.
5. Scotland testing COVID-19 therapy to boost immune response early in the infection
Newsweek reports: TC BioPharm, a Scottish biotech firm, has won approval to test an experimental T-cell injection therapy to fight COVID-19 by boosting the immune system early in a coronavirus infection, the Financial Times reports.
The six-month trial in Edinburgh will involve harvesting T-cells from healthy people, cultivating a large number of the cells in a lab, then injecting the donor cells into hospitalized patients. A large enough infusion could head off the infection before the patient needs to move to intensive care, and even prevent cytokine storms that ravage patients whose body mounts an overly aggressive immune response.
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