Republicans are dropping like flies

Trump celebrates the Fourth of July in Trump fashion, another magazine is closing its doors and the latest on Kawhi Leonard's free agency.

Republicans are dropping like flies

Trump celebrates the Fourth of July in Trump fashion, another magazine is closing its doors and the latest on Kawhi Leonard's free agency.

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✨  Good morning! Today is Friday, July 5, 2019, and turns out, you should really think before you lick


• The Background

In an untraditional display of Fourth of July pride, President Donald Trump became the first president in nearly 70 years to take the stage on Independence Day against a backdrop of showy military muscle. Tanks drove through the streets of America’s capital and the airforce performed flyovers in celebration of American freedom. Protestors, meanwhile, flew a six-metre-tall balloon of a diaper-clad baby Trump (which may have been the most entertaining part of it all). CBC News

• What Else You Need to Know

And call this what you want (a biblical foreshadowing of events, perhaps?), but torrential rain and thunderstorms threatened the entire event. The impending storm didn’t stop the president’s Independence Day speech, but there was one threat that posed a problem for Trump’s “Salute to America” — and it was small crowds. (Talk about a deja vu.) And while Trump droned on about how awesome the U.S. military is, fights were breaking out between Trump supporters and anti-Trump protestors; an image showed one man being arrested by the Secret Service after setting the American flag on fire outside the White House, and myriad other images show the two sides coming head-to-head over Making America Great Again.

• What’s Next?

Someone’s gotta foot the bill. Not only do Washington locals expect the government to cover the cost of damages from tanks driving down city streets, but if Trump turns what’s meant to be a patriotic speech into a campaign rally, he could be slapped with one hefty fine. (Think millions-of-dollars for using taxpayer dollars that were meant for the Independence Day celebrations as unofficial campaign donations.) And it wouldn’t be the first time; critics raised questions regarding “improper” campaign donations in 2017. Back then, Trump proposed a similar military display but was forced to shelve it after the public balked at the $90-million price tag. (You don’t say?)


• California Quakin’

A 6.4-magnitude quake rattled Southern California and Nevada yesterday, making it the strongest earthquake to hit the region in 20 years. The last quake of this magnitude in Southern California was in 1994, which killed dozens of people and caused billions of dollars in damage. Thankfully, yesterday’s tremor was located far from the metropolitan centre, and therefore away from the core population. The local fire department responded to nearly 24 incidents, ranging from medical assistance to fires in and around the city of Ridgecrest. California earthquake experts warn the public to expect lots of aftershocks. L.A. Times

• Pet Poison

Dog owners, listen up: A number of popular pet food products are currently being investigated for possible links to canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). More than 500 complaints have been filed with the FDA, potentially linking the consumption of certain dog foods to the deadly disease. DCM makes it challenging for a canine’s heart to pump blood throughout the body, which can lead to congestive heart failure. The FDA’s investigation is focusing mainly on dry dog food, and the most recent report listed dozens of brands and products. Acana (manufactured by Champion Pet Foods, an Edmonton-based company) has garnered the highest number of complaints, while Orijen (also manufactured by Champion), was named in 12 complaints. Zignature and Taste of the Wild were cited in more than 50 complaints:, and several other brands received at least 10 complaints. Canada isn’t launching an investigation, as pet food isn’t regulated here. CTV News


• U.S.: Boy-Bye

This just in: not all Republicans politicians are on the wrong side of history. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan announced yesterday that he’s leaving the Republican party and becoming an independent after saying he’s become “disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what [he] see[s] from it.” The announcement comes months after Amash made waves for being the first sitting GOP congressman to call for Trump’s impeachment; he’s also been continuously critical of the president since Robert Mueller’s report on the 2016 election was made public. According to Amash, “the two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.” In typical Trump fashion, the president publicly called Amash a “loser,” and the former Republican has faced backlash from his former party, even trailing behind his little-known opponent Jim Lowe in a Michigan poll last month. The Hill


“Our allies know it is now time to come together to support the values that we share, the rule of law as well”

–  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in response to accusations from the Chinese government that Canada is “naive” in assuming its allies can help mend the country’s dispute with China. CTV News


• Mad No More

Another monthly magazine is calling it quits. After 67 years, Mad magazine will disappear from newsstands later this year. What became a cultural touchstone and symbol of American pop culture will no longer be producing new monthly editions after its August issue is released. The magazine, known for its iconic satirical humour, was founded in 1952 as a comic book and switched to a magazine format in 1955. On the bright side, the magazine will continue to publish its end-of-year-special, books and special collections. CNN


• Private Time

While not much happened yesterday in the celebrity world, one big thing is happening tomorrow. Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The couple announced earlier this week that unlike the rest of the royal family, Archie’s godparents will be kept private. (Guess we’ll never know if any Canadians made the list.) Though we won’t know who’ll get to call Archie their godson, we will get to see pictures from the event. The Royal Family announced that Meghan and Harry will be sharing photos from the day taken by photographer Chris Allerton. People


• Sharing is Caring

Warren Buffett’s pretty fly for a rich guy. Sitting atop the globe as the world’s fourth wealthiest person, he helped launch The Giving Pledge in 2010 (a vow taken by some of the world’s wealthiest people pledging the majority of their wealth to philanthropic organizations) and he’s staying true to his promise. The business magnate just announced that he’ll be donating $3.6 billion in shares of his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate to five charities. He can more than afford it; Forbes and Bloomberg both estimate his net worth is somewhere around $87 billion. (Is that all?) His chosen charities include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Sherwood Foundation, Howard G. Buffett Foundation and NoVo Foundation. Last year, the Oracle of Omaha also donated $3.4 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, making it one of the largest Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. The foundation has promised to sell 60 million of these shares to donate to charity by June 30, 2020. CNN


• Cranberry Crook

Of all the burglars out there, you want one like this guy: a Kansas homeowner woke to the sound of a man yelling for help from his basement. The man (burglar) had strapped himself to an inversion table after stealing — wait for it — some cranberry juice, and couldn’t get free on his own. The burglar, Jeremy Sanders, was first taken to hospital to check for drug use, and then to the Saline County Jail where he was charged with aggravated burglary for the cranberry juice theft. WNEP


• Business of Balance

Today is National Workaholics Day, an unofficial holiday dedicated to those of us who are chained to our desks. While workaholism can seem like somewhat of a joke, it’s a real addiction that can truly negatively impact a person’s life. You can celebrate today by remembering that a work-life balance is the best recipe for success, both inside and outside the office. 


• Devastation has struck Libya again, just one day after an airstrike killed at least 40 migrants. A boat carrying 86 Libyan migrants sank in the Mediterranean, leaving only three survivors.

• The Montreal Metro is getting some help from its neighbours in Ottawa: Trudeau announced $1.3 billion in funding for an extension.

• Say sayonara to the new (and controversial) Macbook keyboard. Apparently, Apple has plans to get rid of it.

• Today in #KawhiWatch: Word is the Finals MVP may make an announcement at some point this afternoon

• In a true tale of irony, Riza Aziz, the producer of the Wolf of Wall Street, was arrested for (wait for it) money laundering. 


• Leaving on a Jetplane

Sorry Canada, we’re relocating. (JK, love you — but seriously considering it.) 


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