75th Anniversary of D-Day, Republican senators oppose tariffs on Mexico, and travel restrictions on Cuba

President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Republican senators speak out in opposition to tariffs on Mexico, the Trump administration places restrictions on travel to Cuba, and much, much more.


Good evening, it’s Wednesday, June 5th, here’s what you need to know…


1. Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day


President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day at a joint ceremony in Portsmouth, England, on Wednesday. Both Trump and the Queen gave remarks that paid respects to those who served in the D-Day landings that helped free Europe from Nazi Germany’s military occupation on June 6, 1944. The landings on the beaches of Normandy, France, were the largest land, air and sea invasion in history, bringing thousands on troops to the shores that led to Allied victory on the Western Front during World War II. During Wednesday’s ceremony, Trump read a prayer delivered by President Franklin Roosevelt over the radio on D-Day as U.S. and allied forces landed in France. In addition, the Queen read parts of a speech her father, King George VI, gave in a broadcast to Britain at the time of the military operation, calling to remembrance the “courage and endurance” of troops on that day. Trump wraps up his three-day visit to the U.K. on Wednesday and will then travel to France to take part in events commemorating 75 years since D-Day with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday.



2. Republican senators oppose Trump’s tariffs on Mexico


An increasing number of Republicans in the U.S. Senate are announcing their opposition to President Trump’s threat on imposing tariffs on Mexican imports. The move sets up a rare clash between Republican senators and President Trump, who tweeted last week that he would “impose a 5% tariff on all goods” imported from Mexico if the country did not help curb the influx of illegal immigrants coming to the United States. As Republicans publicly decried the tariff threat on Tuesday, Trump said it would be “foolish” for Republicans to try and block the tax on Mexican import goods. The president said he would impose the tariff next week, on June 10th, if Mexico didn’t act to alleviate the record numbers of Central American migrants traveling through the country and crossing into the United States. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressed his and the overall Republican conference’s opposition to possible tariffs with America’s third largest trading partner and his desires to avoid having to vote on a resolution to disapprove the Trump administration’s measures. The possible confrontation between Republican lawmakers and the president comes as Vice President Mike Pence meets with Mexico’s top diplomat on Wednesday in an effort to avoid having to resort to tariffs.



3. Trump administration restricts travel to Cuba


The Trump administration has further restricted travel to Cuba by imposing a series of new rules that ban cruise ships from bringing tourists to the country. The tougher restrictions also prohibit recreational boats from the U.S. from traveling to Cuba as the White House aims to tighten the Cuban economy and put pressure on its communist government. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Monday that the administration will reimpose stiffer sanctions on Cuba and work to keep U.S. dollars from flowing to the Cuban government. One of the primary motivators for the new measures is the Cuban government’s “destabilizing role” in Western countries like Venezuela and Nicaragua, in which Cuba is accused of supporting other communist governments and American “adversaries,” Mnuchin said. Under the provisions, U.S. citizens are also barred from traveling to Cuba for tourism-related activities but are permitted to go there for other authorized purposes, such as family visits and religious or educational activities.



4. Citizenship for DREAMERs


The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would provide DREAMERs with a pathway for citizenship. Under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, qualified undocumented immigrants, known as DREAMERs, who arrived in the U.S. as young children are protected from deportation for a two-year period that can be renewed. In 2017, President Trump ordered an end to the DACA program and put nearly 800,000 qualified young adults at risk of losing their education and work visas and facing the threat of deportation. The measure passed by lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House on Tuesday would give 2.5 million undocumented immigrants, including DREAMERs, with a pathway for permanent protection by granting citizenship. The 237 to 187 vote was passed largely along party lines as it now heads to the Senate, where the bill is unlikely to pass the Republican-led chamber. Even if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decides to take the bill up for a vote in the Senate, President Trump is almost certain to veto the legislation.



5. Series of deaths at resorts in the Dominican Republican


A mystery is unfolding in the Dominican Republic as three U.S. tourists have died at resorts in the country within 5 days. On May 30, a couple from Maryland were found dead in their room at a Dominican Republic resort just after a woman from Pennslyvania was found dead on May 25. The deaths have occurred at resorts owned by Grand Bahia Príncipe and the exact circumstances remain under investigation. The U.S. State Department and the FBI are looking into the deaths. Initial details concerning the death of the Marland couple, Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day, indicated that they died of respiratory failure due to excess fluid in their lungs. As for Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, her family said she had a heart attack shortly after having a drink from the resort’s bar. Neither incident showed signs of violence or a struggle but it remains under investigation. 


6. Another data breach affecting millions of customers


LabCorp, one of the largest clinical laboratories and medical testing companies in America, announced that its patients’ personal information may have been compromised, the news coming just two days after Quest Diagnostics, a competitor to LabCorp, made a similar announcement. The latest breach of customer data is believed to have affected 7.7 million people and exposed personal data such as credit card and bank account numbers, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, and information about customer’s health care, according to LabCorp. The personal information was compromised from LabCorps’ third-party billing collections provider, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), the same vendor named in the Quest Diagnostics data breach. LabCorp said that hackers accessed AMCA’s network and online payment’s system between August 2018 and March 2019, and may have retrieved about 200,000 customers’ credit card or banking information. The company will notify affected customers.



7. Ohio doctor charged with 25 counts of murder


An Ohio doctor has been charged with 25 counts of murder as he is accused of violating his oath by prescribing excessive, potentially fatal doses of opioids to patients, prosecutors say. William Husel, 43, worked as a doctor with the Mount Carmel Health System in Ohio from 2015 to 2018, and during those years, Husel stands responsible for the deaths of 25 patients, who were older and already near-death. He was subject of a six-month investigation in which Husel ordered high quantities of fentanyl that he prescribed to his patients. Husel has pleaded not guilty.



8. Walmart’s CEO says the minimum wage is “too low”


Walmart CEO Doug McMillon believes the federal minimum wage is “too low” and says Congress should act to increase it, a big move for the nation’s largest private employer. The federal minimum wage currently sits at $7.25 an hour and has not changed since 2009, causing many such as McMillon to call on Congress to make sure the minimum wage is on pace with inflation. “The federal minimum wage is lagging behind,” Doug McMillon said on Wednesday at Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting. “It’s time for Congress to put a thoughtful plan in place to increase the minimum wage. Any plan should take into account phasing and cost-of-living differences to avoid unintended consequences,” McMillon added. Walmart bumped its minimum wage up to $11 an hour in January 2018 for its 1.5 million employees but faces increasing pressure to move toward a $15 an hour minimum wage.



9. Rihanna becomes the world’s wealthiest female artist


Forbes has declared Rihanna as the world’s wealthiest female musician with a net worth of $600 million, making the singer and businesswoman one of the wealthiest self-made women in America. The 31-year-old Barbados-born pop star behind hits like “Umbrella,” “Work,” “Disturbia,” and “We Found Love” has sold more than 60 million albums and is the second-best-selling digital artist in history, according to her label, Roc Nation. However, most of Rihanna’s $600 million fortune comes from outside of her music, including her brand partnerships, cosmetics line, and fashion label. In 2017, Rihanna launched her cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty, which brought in $570 million in revenue within the company’s first 15 months, according to Forbes. In addition, the nine-time Grammy winner started her fashion label Fenty in May 2019, in partnership with LVMH, the French luxury goods company behind Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton. With her clothing and makeup lines, including a lingerie brand Savage X Fenty, Rihanna has focused on inclusivity for woman by delivering products that complement an array of skin tones and body types.


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