Washington Post Editor Martin Baron. Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron sent an email to staff, outlining the newspaper's objectives for social media conduct and stressing that the company is prepared to offer security to anyone who has received threatening messages, per CNN reporter Oliver Darcy.

The big picture: The message comes after the paper received blowback from the public and its own employees. Reporter Felicia Sonmez was suspended for tweeting about Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape allegation, hours after the athlete's death in a helicopter crash. Sonmez was reinstated on Tuesday.

What he's saying: "It is not always easy to know where to draw the line. That's a matter deserving of thoughtful discussion -- along with how The Post should respond when the line is crossed." Baron said, adding: "How we navigate social media while safeguarding the reputation of The Post for truthful, honest, honorable and humane journalism deserves continued discussion."

  • On Tuesday, Sonmez wrote that her suspension showed "confusion about the depth of management's commitment" to its mission statement, which states it "shall tell ALL the truth so far as it can learn it."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 31,778,331 — Total deaths: 974,436 — Total recoveries: 21,876,025Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 6,943,078 — Total deaths: 201,930 — Total recoveries: 2,670,256 — Total tests: 97,459,742Map.
  3. Health: CDC director says over 90% of Americans have not yet been exposed to coronavirus — Supply shortages continue to plague testing.
  4. Politics: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson tests positive for coronavirus — Poll says 51% of Republicans trust Trump on coronavirus more than the CDC.
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  6. Vaccines: Johnson & Johnson begins large phase 3 trial — The FDA plans to toughen standards.
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Biden: Breonna Taylor indictment "does not answer" call for justice

Former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday condemned the grand jury indictment of a Louisville police officer who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March in a botched drug raid that led to her death, saying in a statement the decision "does not answer" for equal justice.

The big picture: Biden called for reforms to address police use of force and no-knock warrants, while demanding a ban on chokeholds. He added that people "have a right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable."

Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

President Trump repeatedly refused to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election to Joe Biden, saying at a press briefing: "We're going to have to see what happens."

The big picture: Trump has baselessly claimed on a number of occasions that the only way he will lose the election is if it's "rigged," claiming — without evidence — that mail-in ballots will result in widespread fraud. Earlier on Wednesday, the president said he wants to quickly confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because he believes the Supreme Court may have to decide the result of the election.

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