News Roundup 3/20/20

by | Mar 20, 2020

News Roundup 3/20/20

by | Mar 20, 2020

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Tulsi Gabbard suspends her presidential campaign as she prepares to deploy with the National Guard. [Link]
  • The top prosecutor in Baltimore will drop most drug charges due to the coronavirus. [Link]
  • A new Bill – EARN IT – will give the president broad regulatory powers over speech on the internet. [Link]

Coronavirus

  • After learning of the severity of the coronavirus during a private Senate meeting, Senator Burr sold a million dollars of stock and warned his friends of the likely blow to the stock market. Senator Loeffler also sold over a million dollars in stock after a private hearing on the coronavirus. [Link]
  • The Trump administration is looking for increased access to smartphone data from tech companies. [Link]
  • California issues a statewide ‘stay at home’ order. Only essential stores will remain open. [Link]
  • California put its National Guard on alert to deploy for humanitarian and public control missions. [Link]
  • The coronavirus is forcing the Pentagon to cut operations. [Link]
  • NATO says it is scaling back the Defender Europe 20 war games due to the corona outbreak. [Link]

North Korea

  • Sanctions are delaying medical aid from getting to North Korea. [Link]

Middle East

  • Turkey says two of its soldiers were killed by radical groups in Idlib, Syria. [Link]
  • After the recent rocket attack that killed two American soldiers, national security officials pushed Trump to attack Iran. Trump refused to attack, believing it was bad optics to attack Iran during the coronavirus outbreak. [Link]
  • The US coalition in Iraq is suspending its training operations because of the coronavirus. [Link]

Africa

  • Four girls were killed by the Libyan National Army shelling Tripoli. The UN is trying to establish a ceasefire in Libya to reduce the impact of coronavirus. [Link]
  • Suspected Islamist militants killed 29 Malian soldiers. [Link]

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