Rochester police chief steps down

Republican voter suppression tactics, US troop drawdown in Iraq, South African recession, Gladys Knight vs. Patti LaBelle

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🗳 The Latest On Republican Efforts To Make It Harder To Vote

“Republicans are making it harder to vote and more generally undermining the electoral process in 2020… Over the last month, with the election approaching, Republican officials — from county-level election administrators to the president himself — have in some ways escalated their use of these tactics.” (FiveThirtyEight)


🌍 US announces troop drawdown in Iraq

“In March, US forces began pulling back from bases across Iraq, turning them over to Iraqi security partners. At the time, Pentagon officials insisted that the base hand-offs were part of a long-planned consolidation that reflected the success of the anti-ISIS fight -- not concerns over the ongoing rocket attacks by Iran-linked proxy militias.” (CNN)


🚨 Rochester police chief, entire command staff step down following death of Daniel Prude

“The chief and entire command staff of the police department in Rochester, New York, resigned on Tuesday — among other department changes — as outrage continued over the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man with mental health issues who died after having been put in a "spit hood" and restrained by officers in March.” (NBC News)

PODCAST: What Happened to Daniel Prude? (The Daily)


📉 South African economy plunged during strict lockdown

South Africa was already in an economic recession; the pandemic only made things worse.

“South Africa's economic output plunged in the second quarter, recording its largest contraction ever as a strict lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus shut down most activity, data showed on Tuesday.”

"This is the first time in history that the South African economy has contracted for four straight quarters," said South Africa’s chief statistician.

(Reuters)


🎧 Verzuz: Gladys Knight vs. Patti LaBelle

We’re definitely tuning in this Sunday.