Feb 2, 2017

Hot in Silicon Valley: The Trump Letter

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Big tech companies team up: Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Uber, Stripe, and CPG and manufacturing companies have banded together to write a letter to Donald Trump, according to Recode. The letter stresses that the executive order's blanket "suspension" (note the avoidance of the word "ban") is "not the right approach" to strengthening national security. The letter also argues in favor of supporting the DACA program.

Twitter employees are donating $1.59 million to the ACLU: In response to Donald Trump's immigration executive order, Twitter employees have pooled $530,000 in ACLU donations, according to BuzzFeed. Twitter Executive Chair Omid Kordestani and CEO Jack Dorsey matched the donations, for a total of $1.59 million.

It's no secret that Twitter's service is Trump's favorite way to bypass traditional media and freely speak to the public, often causing controversies with tweets. Many have called on Twitter to shut down his account, something the company thus far has not signaled it will do.

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American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd

Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are "anguished" by the death of George Floyd, and said that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."

Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.