Today is June 20 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. Manhattan US attorney refuses to resign despite DOJ ouster
The Hill reports: The Justice Department abruptly announced late Friday night that it would replace the U.S. attorney in Manhattan who oversaw probes into several allies of President Trump, though the federal prosecutor said he had no plans to resign.
The Justice Department (DOJ) said in a press release that it is replacing Geoffrey Berman, the powerful prosecutor for the Southern District of New York whose office ran the probe that sent Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to prison and is investigating his current personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
However, Berman pushed back and said he was not “stepping down” until a presidentially-appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate, according to a statement from his office. He also said he found out he was being replaced when he read the Justice Department’s press release.
— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) June 20, 2020
DML: This guy is like one of those freaks in Seattle taking over the streets. Dems never stop.
2. Ford delays launch of its new Bronco after being slammed by Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister over plans to release it on OJ Simpson’s 73rd birthday
The Daily Mail reports: Ford has changed the launch date of its new Bronco after being slammed by Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister over plans to release it on OJ Simpson’s 73rd birthday – 26 years after it became famous as his getaway car amid his double murder charges.
The auto company announced Friday it is delaying its first glimpse of the new Ford Bronco to July 13, pushing it back four days from the original plan of July 9.
“The reveal of the all-new Bronco lineup will now happen on Monday, July 13. This is instead of July 9,” Ford said in a Tweet. “We are sensitive and respectful to some concerns raised previously about the date, which was purely coincidental.”
The reveal of the all-new Bronco lineup will now happen on Monday, July 13. This is instead of July 9. We are sensitive and respectful to some concerns raised previously about the date, which was purely coincidental.
— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) June 19, 2020
3. DC protesters pull down, burn statue of Confederate general
The Associated Press reports: Protesters toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the nation’s capital and set it on fire on Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the United States, amid continuing anti-racism demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Cheering demonstrators jumped up and down as the 11-foot (3.4-meter) statue of Albert Pike — wrapped with chains — wobbled on its high granite pedestal before falling backward, landing in a pile of dust. Protesters then set a bonfire and stood around it in a circle as the statue burned, chanting, “No justice, no peace!” and “No racist police!”
Eyewitness accounts and videos posted on social media indicated that police were on the scene but didn’t intervene. President Donald Trump quickly tweeted about the toppling, calling out D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and writing: “The DC police are not doing their job as they watched a statue be ripped down and burn. These people should be immediately arrested. A disgrace to our Country!”
And protesters just toppled the Albert Pike statue in DC pic.twitter.com/gEzJm0OYjd
— Perry Stein (@PerryStein) June 20, 2020
— Ike Ejiochi (@IkeEjiochi) June 20, 2020
The D.C. Police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn. These people should be immediately arrested. A disgrace to our Country! @MayorBowser
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2020
DML: Send them all to jail for destruction of property. Until these terrorists are jailed, I have no remaining confidence in our system.
4. Eskimo Pie to Drop Derogatory Name, Dreyer’s Says
The Wall Street Journal reports: The owner of Eskimo Pie treats said it would change the name of the nearly century-old ice cream brand because the term is derogatory, following similar moves this week by the makers of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s.
“We are committed to being a part of the solution on racial equality, and recognize the term is derogatory,” Elizabell Marquez, head of marketing for Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, said in a statement.
The Eskimo Pie, invented in 1920, was America’s first chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar, according to the Smithsonian Institution. Its inventor, Christian K. Nelson, formed a partnership with chocolatier Russell C. Stover, who came up with the name.
The owner of the “Eskimo Pie” brand has called the term “derogatory” and now vows to change its name and marketing. “We are committed to being a part of the solution on racial equality,” a brand rep says https://t.co/7fDrM4Zm4e pic.twitter.com/fPVNuCcdIx
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 19, 2020
DML: How ridiculous. Are they coming after me next? I can hear the thugs calling me now… “Mr. Lynch, you must change your last name because some may deem it offensive.” My response: “LOL!”
5. Americans are having trouble sleeping because of coronavirus
Fox News reports: In the United States, 22% of people say that their sleep quality is worse because of the COVID-19 crisis, according to a survey done by SleepHelp.org.
Elsewhere around the globe, researchers also are harping on this nighttime uprising. One study published in April by the Journal of Critical Sleep Medicine found that insomnia and its symptoms drastically increased for COVID-19-free participants in China, the first epicenter of the disease, from January to February of this year.
In Italy, another major coronavirus hot spot, reports of decreased sleep increased more than 12% from February to March as the second week of lockdown kicked in, according to a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research.
Although the data suggests the world is having a sleep crisis, Dr. Alcibiades Rodriguez, the director of the sleep center at NYU Langone, says that we actually have an anxiety problem.
DML: I sleep like a baby these days. And I know it’s because of my CBD. I use DML CBD every day. I use the DML CBD Gummy Chews, and I use DML POWER CBD at night.
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