Today is July 5. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.
1. More information on Highland shooter surfaces
DailyMail – The man suspected of killing six people and wounding more than a dozen others during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Ill., is a Donald Trump-supporting rapper with a seemingly successful music career.
Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III, 22, who goes by ‘Awake the Rapper,’ has more than 16,000 listeners per month on Spotify.
Music videos posted by Crimo online last fall include a drawing of himself shooting people online, and a disturbing clip of himself throwing bullets on the floor of a classroom while wearing armor in what appears to be a joke about school shootings.
Crimo also had a Discord server where he would chat with friends and fans, and his most recent post was a picture of Budd Dwyer, the Pennsylvania state treasurer who killed himself on live TV in the 1980s, which he captioned: ‘I wish politicians still gave speeches like this.’
He also made references to suicide and frequently posted on a message board discussing graphic depictions of murder and death, including a recent video he shared of a beheading.
Crimo was ‘known to law enforcement’ but it is not yet known if this was due to the disturbing content he shared online, or if he committed other crimes.
DML: Another sick person with an online history of making threats kills innocent people, and somehow the FBI missed him again. I do understand how, resources are being used to track down moms and dads at school board meetings due to concerns over CRT, sex education for 6-year-olds, and transgender lessons.
2.Highland Park attack: Second victim identified
The second victim of Monday’s mass shooting at a July Fourth parade in Highland Park, Illinois, near Chicago has been identified.
Jacki Sundheim, a devout Jewish synagogue attendee, was identified by the North Shore Congregation Israel where she attended.
The first victim identified is Nicholas Toledo, a Mexican native in his 70s.
Law enforcement officers arrested Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, 22, as a person of interest in the shooting. He was captured around 6:30 p.m. Monday by the North Chicago Police Department after officers spotted his Honda Fit with a license plate matching the suspect vehicle.
DML: What am I supposed to write here? Gets sort of tired to repeat, “We pray for the victims.”
3.Stocks set to fall another 1% Tuesday
Stock futures were lower early on Tuesday morning after the major averages finished another losing week.
Stock futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 332 points, or about 1%. S&P 500 futures dipped 1.1%, and Nasdaq 100 futures shed about 1.4%.
Concerns about economic growth are hanging over investors as the U.S. market looks to recover after a rough first half to the year.
DML: Joe Biden’s America. You can say thank you to your voter friend or family member who cast a ballot for Biden, they’ve killed your portfolio.
4.Thousands flee from Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia after two cops were shot
Thousands of people were filmed fleeing in terror after gunfire rang out at a July 4 celebration and injured two cops, hours after a massacre in Chicago.
Dramatic video footage showed panicking people running away from the Welcome America Festival event close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art after the shooting, which left two officers with minor injuries.
Video shown by local news media showed people running for their lives upon hearing the gunshots. Hundreds ran screaming along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, looking for cover.
The gunfire broke near the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the final day of a festival with a large number of people watching a fireworks show after a concert.
The crowd was spooked and made a mad dash away from the area where the shots rang out late into the evening.
DML: Thank goodness for all those guns laws in liberal cities. (NOT).
5.Ukraine announces $750 Billion rebuilding plan
Ukraine on Monday announced a $750 billion plan to rebuild the war-torn nation and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the international community to join “the greatest contribution to the maintenance of global peace.”
Zelenskyy argued that Ukraine’s recovery was vital for not only Ukrainians but for the preservation of democracies worldwide.
But even as Ukraine looks to repair devastated areas abandoned by Russian forces, Moscow continues its deadly campaign in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal presented a $750 billion recovery plan that would address the immediate needs of the country, with additional plans to follow based on longer-term requirements.
Shmyhal said a major source of the plan’s funding should come from “the confiscated assets of Russia and Russian oligarchs.”
DML: My ass! The money will come out from you, the American taxpayer.