Nov 3, 2018

Amazon in "advanced talks" for HQ2 in Northern Virginia

Crystal City, Virginia. Photo: Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images.

Amazon is in "advanced talks" to tap Crystal City, Virginia, for its second headquarters, The Washington Post reports.

The details: The e-commerce company is in discussions with the city to decide "how quickly it would move employees there, which buildings it would occupy and how an announcement about the move would be made to the public," per the Post, citing people familiar with the process. Amazon has largely kept the decision-making process under wraps.

The details
  • Because of the talks, JBG Smith, a real estate developer in Crystal City, pulled some of its buildings off the leasing market, per the Post.
  • The bid also includes sites in Potomac Yard, in Alexandria. In addition to leasing options, Crystal City offers a metro stop and close quarters to Reagan National Airport — two of Amazon's requirements in a city.

What to watch: The company considered announcing its decision by the end of October, but has delayed until November, according to the Post.

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U.S. cities crackdown on protests against police brutality

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of protesters gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to G7 summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

Thousands of protesters march in Denver, Colorado, on May 30. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Curfews are being imposed in Portland, Oregon, and Cincinnati, while the governors of Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Texas activated the National Guard following unrest in the states, per AP.

The big picture: Floyd's fatal run-in with police is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.