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Neil Young publishes open letter to Donald Trump
Neil Young performing with Paul McCartney on October 8, 2016
Neil Young performing with Paul McCartney on October 8, 2016 Credit: Raph_PH / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Neil Young, who previously voiced his aversion over the president's usage of his music, has published an open letter to Donald Trump on the official Neil Young Archives website.

Young writes: "Dear Mr. President: Although I have repeatedly asked you to please not use my music because it indicates that I support your agenda, you have always played my songs anyway at your gatherings, with no regard for my rights, even calling me names on twitter. I did notice that you played my music at your latest rally in Dakota despite my previous requests."

Young, who has condemned Trump and his actions on multiple occasions, further states that he wouldn't sue Trump as he was in charge of the Covid-19 response and wouldn't want to distract him from "protecting and saving American lives". He ends the letter with the suggestion that Trump might listen to his song "Looking For a Leader 2020," as Young believes "it would be an interesting addition to your next rally."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump campaign plans New Hampshire rally
Donald Trump at a "Keep America Great" rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
Donald Trump at a "Keep America Great" rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The Trump campaign has scheduled a rally in New Hampshire on Saturday. In a statement, the campaign promised "there will be ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear." The rally will be taking place at an airplane hanger at the Portsmouth International Airport, with visitors inside the hangar.

"Trump is flying in for a political rally that will only further highlight the chaos he has caused," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley in a response to Trump's planned rally.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Pence say national mask mandate is not needed, vows to "keep opening up America"
Vice President Mike Pence at the Youngstown Police Department in Youngstown, Ohio – June, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence at the Youngstown Police Department in Youngstown, Ohio – June, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

In an interview with CNBC, Vice President Mike Pence said he didn't believe "there is a need for a national mandate" and vowed that the Trump administration would "keep opening up America" despite a significant rise in confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Pence further stated that the Trump administration would support states that "are seeing rising cases every step of the way" and that "PPE supplies are strong, testing is strong, more therapeutic medicines are available every day."

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Official Trump webshop sells merchandise reminiscent of Reichsadler
"America First Tee" sold on Donald Trump's website
"America First Tee" sold on Donald Trump's website Credit: Screenshot via shop.donaldjtrump.com

Donald Trump's website is selling merchandise bearing a symbol that resembles both the Parteiadler, used by the Nazi Party, and the Reichsadler, a symbol used as a national emblem by Nazi Germany. The t-shirts sold on donaldjtrump.com shows an eagle holding the American flag and the words "America First".

Eagles are a popular symbol used by countries worldwide and have been used as an emblem for centuries.

Regional News • Americas • United States
CNN and Buzzfeed obtain more records of Robert Mueller's investigation
Robert Mueller at the White House, 2021
Robert Mueller at the White House, 2021 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

CNN and Buzzfeed obtained further reports and notes from "special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election [...] in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits by BuzzFeed News and CNN." The notes contain interviews with major witnesses during Robert Mueller's investigations, including Steve Bannon and multiple witnesses whose names had been retracted.

Some of the key takeaways of these notes are:

  • Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign manager, expressed severe mistrust of Roger Stone, accusing Stone of having leaked damaging information to the press to get Paul Manafort as a replacement for Corey Lewandowski as campaign manager. Bannon called Stone a "nasty piece of work" with a "sketchy background."

  • Bannon described Trump asking frequently about "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and her missing emails to hurt her campaign. According to Bannon, Trump assumed the emails could contain information that would link "crooked Hillary" to the conspiracy theory about an illicit uranium deal.

  • FBI agents visited a male, unnamed witness who asked "if the agents were there to inquire about the campaign, and about Erik Prince, a military contractor and unofficial adviser to Trump’s campaign."
Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
The Rolling Stones threaten Trump with legal action for unauthorised use of their music
The Rolling Stones live in concert in Paris, 2017
The Rolling Stones live in concert in Paris, 2017 Credit: Raph_PH / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Rolling Stones have released a statement on Saturday, that the band are taking "further steps to exclude him using their songs at any of his future political campaigning". The Trump campaign previously used the Stones' song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" during their 2016 campaign, and again at last week's Tulsa Rally despite "cease & desist directives to Donald Trump in the past."

The band said they were working with the giant performing rights organization BMI and have notified the Trump campaign " that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement." According to BMI, there hasn't been a response from the Trump campaign yet.

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Tulsa rally attendance lower than expected; Trump mocks protestors, Coronavirus and Biden
Donald J. Trump holding a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, on May 8, 2019
Donald J. Trump holding a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, on May 8, 2019 Credit: Office of the President of the United States/Donald J. Trump / Public domain

Trump's first re-election campaign rally since March had lower attendance than expected. At least one-third of the BOK center in Tulsa remained empty and the outdoor venue saw so little people that Trump and Pence cancelled their appearance there.

At the rally, Trump touched on several topics. He falsely claimed protestors outside the BOK center were violent, saying "we had a bunch of maniacs come and sort of attack our city", but coverage showed hardly any interaction with Trump supporters and protestors.

Trump went on to describe Biden as a "helpless puppet of the radical left" and a "puppet for China". He further stated that he plans to "slow down testing" for Covid-19, which he referred to as "kung flu" and "China virus".

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Six Trump Campaign staffers working on Tulsa rally infected with Covid-19
Donald Trump at the Keep America Great rally in Fayetteville, NC on 9/9/2019
Donald Trump at the Keep America Great rally in Fayetteville, NC on 9/9/2019 Credit: Jackson A. Lanier / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Six Trump Campaign staffers, who were working on the organisation of Trump's Tulsa rally, have been tested positive for Covid-19. According to Tim Murtaugh, communications director of the Trump Campaign, "quarantine procedures were immediately implemented" for affected staffers and everyone who had been in contact with them won't be attending the event.

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook takes down Trump ads for featuring Nazi imagery
Nazi concentration camp badges, translated to English.
Nazi concentration camp badges, translated to English. Credit: via United States Holocaust Memorial Museum / Public Domain

Facebook has taken down several ads and posts by the Trump campaign for using a Nazi-related imagery. The ads contained an image of an inverted red triangle, a symbol used in concentration camps to identify political dissidents. The Trump campaign responded to a user on Twitter, claiming it was a "symbol widely used by Antifa. It was used in an ad about Antifa", and adding that it wasn't in the ADL's Hate Symbol Database.

Facebook said in a statement that they removed the posts and ads as they were violating their policy against organised hate and that their "policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol".

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump's Juneteenth Tulsa rally postponed, "out of respect"
Donald Trump announced the 2020 re-election campaign in Orlando, Florida, 18 June 2019
Donald Trump announced the 2020 re-election campaign in Orlando, Florida, 18 June 2019 Credit: Donald J. Trump / Public domain

On Friday, Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce the move his Tulsa rally from June 19 to June 20 "out of respect" for Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day. Trump wrote that he postponed the event "in order to honor" the request of his "African American friends and supporters" that had reached out to him to "consider changing the date out of respect for this Holiday."

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Attendees of Trump rallies have to sign waiver, can't sue if infected with Covid-19
Trump MAGA rally in Greenville, 2019
Trump MAGA rally in Greenville, 2019 Credit: Donald Trump / Public domain

Attendees of future Trump rallies have to register before the event and must agree to a disclaimer that they are aware of the "inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present" and that they can't hold the Trump campaign liable in case they are infected with Covid-19.

The disclaimer reads: "By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury."

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Trump campaign sent Cease-And-Desist-Letter to CNN, demanding retraction of poll showing Biden leading
Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md, 2019
Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md, 2019 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

CNN reported that CNN President Jeff Zucker had received a cease and desist letter from the Trump campaign, demanding the network to retract a recent poll in which Biden took a 14-point lead over Trump. The poll, conducted by SSRS, was released on Monday and showed a result of 55% to 41% in favour of Biden.

In the letter, the Trump campaign claimed the poll was "designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling" and that the poll would "cause voter suppression, stifle momentum and enthusiasm for the President, and present a false view generally of the actual support across America for the President."

CNN has rejected the demand and CNN spokesman Matt Dornic said: "We stand by our poll."