News Headlines 6/1/21

BIDEN URGES UNITY, SAYS DEMOCRACY ‘IN PERIL’ DURING MEMORIAL DAY REMARKS: President Biden urged national unity and warned that democracy is “in peril,” during Memorial Day remarks yesterday (May 31st) at Arlington National Cemetery after he laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a somber ceremony. Biden centered his speech on the importance of democracy, saying, “Generation after generation of American heroes are signed up to be part of the fight because they understand the truth that lives in every American heart: that liberation, opportunity, justice are far more likely to come to pass in a democracy than in an autocracy.” But he warned, “Democracy itself is in peril, here at home and around the world. What we do now, how we honor the memory of the fallen, will determine whether or not democracy will long endure.”

SUSPECTS STILL AT LARGE AFTER MIAMI BANQUET HALL SHOOTING THAT KILLED TWO: Three suspects are still at large after a shooting outside a Miami banquet hall shortly after midnight Sunday morning (May 30th) that left two 26-year-old men dead and wounded 21 other people, some of them critically. Police are asking for the public’s help, releasing surveillance video Monday that showed an SUV driving into an alley at the strip mall where the El Mula Banquet Hall was located and three people getting out of it, two of them carrying “assault-style rifles” and the other a handgun. Although they opened fire indiscriminately into the crowd, police said they had specific targets, and that it appeared to be related to rivalries between two groups. The three men then drove away in the SUV, which was found Monday submerged in a canal after being reported stolen two weeks ago.

FLYNN DENIES SAYING SHOULD BE MILITARY-STYLE COUP IN U.S.: Retired Army General Michael Flynn, who was briefly former President Donald Trump‘s first national security adviser, denied Monday (May 31st) that he’d said at a QAnon-themed convention a day earlier that there should be a military-style coup in the U.S. During the For God & Country Patriot Roundup conference in Dallas, an audience member asked Flynn, “I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here,” referring to a February military coup in that country. Flynn responded, “No reason, I mean, it should happen here. No reason. That’s right.” Video of the exchange quickly spread on social media. But Flynn said in a post yesterday on the social media app Telegram, “Let me be VERY CLEAR – There is NO reason whatsoever for any coup in America, and I do not and have not at any time called for any action of that sort. Any reporting of any other belief by me is a boldface fabrication based on twisted reporting . . . ” Flynn also repeated false claims during the convention this weekend about the 2020 election, incorrectly saying, “Trump won. He won the popular vote, and he won the Electoral College vote.” Flynn pled guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his communications with a Russian ambassador. He later retracted the plea and was pardoned by Trump last November.

WORLD’S LARGEST MEAT SUPPLIER HIT BY CYBERATTACK: JBS USA, the world’s largest meat supplier, which has its U.S. headquarters in Colorado, says it was hit by a cyberattack that affected some of its servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems. JBS, which has 84 U.S. properties and owns facilities in 20 countries, said it was, quote, “not aware of any evidence at this time that any customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised or misused as a result of the situation.” It’s not immediately known how consumers might be affected, but JBS said, “Resolution of the incident will take time, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.”