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This Day in History | 1752

Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects ambient electrical charge in a Leyden jar, enabling him to demonstrate the connection between lightning and electricity.

Good morning Middle Americans, 

We are about two weeks and a few days past Memorial Day, and we are now starting to see the impact of those who chose not to follow the instructions of health professionals in the data on the pandemic. Not only have COVID-19 cases been on the rise in at least 20 states, so have hospitalizations. Imagine what’s going to happen after all these protests. 

The backlash against America’s police continues to manifest itself in strange ways. First Lego decided to stop promoting it’s line of police related toys – now the iconic TV show Cops has been canceled. 

There were a handful of primaries across America yesterday. And it was particularly rough for Democrats in Georgia. Long lines and bad weather led to angry voters and claims of suppression. It looks like the real culprit is incompetence at the local level. But this is a story to watch because Georgia is currently hosting what many expect to be one of the most expensive U.S. Senate elections in our nation’s history. 

Are you ok with the president’s son cost taxpayers $75,000 for a hunting trip? That’s what happened according to our sources. We have a link to the story below. 

Finally, something for all you crossfitters out there, the founder of the hugely popular exercise phenomenon has stepped down amid mounting pressure over a tweet he sent in the wake of George Floyd’s death. 

Read all about it. 

-Fraser Dixon 

Coronavirus Hospitalizations Rise Sharply in Several States Following Memorial Day

(Washington Post) – As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to increase worldwide, and more than a dozen states and Puerto Rico are recording their highest averages of new cases since the pandemic began, hospitalizations in at least nine states have been on the rise since Memorial Day.

In Texas, North and South Carolina, California, Oregon, Arkansas, Mississippi, Utah and Arizona, there are an increasing number of patients under supervised care since the holiday weekend because of covid-19 infections. The spikes generally began in the past couple weeks and in most states, are trending higher.

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‘Cops’ Canceled By Paramount Network

(Deadline)Cops‘ six-year run on Paramount Network and its predecessor has come to an end. Pulled last week in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the series will not be coming back.

“Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” a Paramount Network spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline.

The long-running Cops premiered on Fox in 1989 and aired for 25 seasons. The show was resurrected in 2013 when Spike TV ordered new episodes. Spike TV rebranded as Paramount Network in 2018, with the docuseries carried over to the new network.

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Georgia Election ‘Catastrophe’ in Largely Minority Areas Sparks Investigation

(NBC News) – Hours-long waits, problems with new voting machines and a lack of available ballots plagued voters in majority minority counties in Georgia on Tuesday — conditions the secretary of state called “unacceptable” and vowed to investigate.

Democrats and election watchers said voting issues in a state that has been plagued for years by similar problems, along with allegations of racial bias, didn’t bode well for the November presidential election, when Georgia could be in play.

“This seems to be happening throughout Atlanta and perhaps throughout the county. People have been in line since before 7:00 am this morning,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, tweeted shortly after polls were supposed to open — and in some cases still hadn’t.

Cody Cutting was in a long line at Lang Carson Community Center in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta, where the line snaked around the block and some people had been waiting to cast their votes for 4½ hours.

“People are a bit frustrated, but spirits are still OK. Neighbors are bringing around food, water and chairs,” he told NBC News.

Trump Jr.’s Mongolia Hunting Trip Cost $75K in Secret Service Protection

(The Hill) – Donald Trump Jr.’s hunting trip to Mongolia last August cost more than $75,000 in taxpayer dollars for Secret Service protection, according to new documents obtained by a government watchdog group.

The documents obtained by the nonprofit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) showed the receipt for Secret Service protection for President Trump’s eldest son totaled $76,859.36.

Trump Jr. was in Mongolia in part to hunt the argali sheep, which is known for their large horns and is considered a near-threatened species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

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CrossFit Founder Steps Down as CEO After Criticism Over Floyd Tweet

(Reuters) – CrossFit Inc founder Greg Glassman stepped down as chief executive on Tuesday, days after he apologized for his tweet on the killing of an unarmed black man as it drew criticism and led to footwear brand Reebok ending its tie up with the fitness regimen. 

His resignation comes at a time when sensitivity to issues facing people of color has taken center stage in the United States, with protests across the country after the killing of George Floyd on May 25. 

“I’m stepping down as CEO of CrossFit Inc, and I have decided to retire. On Saturday I created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of its members,” he said in a company statement that named Dave Castro as the new CEO.

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