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News Roundup 12/31/20

by | Dec 31, 2020

News Roundup 12/31/20

by | Dec 31, 2020

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Two Kentucky police officers were fired over the murder of Breonna Taylor. The two officers who were fired are the officer who killed Taylor and the officer who lied to get the warrant needed for the night raid on Taylor’s apartment. [Link]
  • The Department of Justice announces it is closing the investigation into the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. No one will face charges for killing Rice. [Link]
  • Police in body armor raid salon for alleged covid lockdown violations. [Link]
  • The FDA announced owners of distilleries that produced hand sanitizer will have to pay a $14,000 fee to the government. [Link]
  • NFL Pro-Bowler Russell Okung will get paid half his contract in Bitcoin. [Link]

Foreign Policy

  • The Oklahoma state senate has introduced a Defend the Guard bill. The bill will prevent OK National Guardsmen from being deployed in unconstitutional wars. [Link]
  • Biden picked Kathleen Hicks for the number two spot at the Pentagon. Hicks is a war-hawk who recently worked at the MIC-funded Center for Strategic and International Studies. [Link]
  • The State Department approved a $4.2 billion weapons sale to Kuwait. [Link]
  • The State Department approved a $290 million bomb sale to Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • The US is considering placing Cuba on the state sponsor of terrorism list. [Link]


  • Two unnamed Trump officials report to Axios the US will declassify uncorroborated intelligence showing China paid bounties for non-state actors to target US soldiers in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The US sails two warships through the Taiwan Strait. [Link]

Middle East

  • The US deploys B-52 bombers to the Middle East as a show of force to Iran. The US has deployed B-52 to the Middle East three times since November. [Link]
  • A Turkish court sentenced 92 people to life-sentences for their role in the 2016 attempted coup. [Link]
  • The US gives the Iraqi military 30 armored vehicles. [Link]
  • Twenty-two people were killed by a bomb at the airport in Aden, Yemen. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia bombs at least 15 targets in Yemen’s capital city. [Link]

About Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, opinion editor of and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter and Connor Freeman.

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