China cracks down on dissent, Google on Tiananmen anniversary

Google disrupted in China on 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre; White House looks to Cleveland Clinic for next VA chief; GM apologizes for sending recall notices to victims' families; NRA takes back criticism of fellow pro-gun group.

Google disrupted on 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre
Chinese authorities were vigilant for any dissent both on the streets of Beijing and on the Internet on Wednesday, the 25th anniversary of the Chinese government’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.

In the past week, Google’s Gmail, Search, and Translate services have all been disrupted in the country, according to Bloomberg News, and authorities have warned Western journalists about writing about the anniversary. The Wall Street Journal’s website was also reportedly blocked.

The clampdown comes as prominent Chinese companies are making their mark in the West. For instance, e-commerce and Internet services giant Alibaba is planning what could be the largest-ever tech-sector public offering in the US.

The White House issued a statement of support for "those who gave their lives" during the demonstrations a quarter-century ago.

White House eyes Cleveland Clinic for next VA leader
The Obama Administration may look to the private sector for the next secretary of Veterans Affairs, reportedly considering Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove for the role. The choice of Cosgrove, a doctor and veteran of the War in Vietnam, would replace former Gen. Eric Shinseki with an executive with experience running health systems in the private sector.

GM apologizes for sending recall notices to victims’ families
General Motors has apologized for mailing recall notices about defective ignition switches to the families of crash victims. The mother of one victim who had been driving a Chevrolet Cobalt told Reuters she received two notices in the past week. Meanwhile, GM officials told The New York Times they expect CEO Mary Barra to survive the crisis over the company’s decade-long delay in recalling Cobalts with malfunctioning ignition switches. The automaker reported a 13% year-over-year jump in May sales on Tuesday.

NRA flip-flops on criticism of fellow pro-gun group
The National Rifle Association said early Wednesday that one of its staffers erred by calling out pro-open-carry demonstrations in Texas restaurants as "weird." The leader of the NRA’s lobbying arm said Tuesday that the staffer who issued the statement was just speaking his personal opinion. Open Carry Texas, the group responsible for the open-carry demonstrations, had said it would stop supporting the NRA if it did not retract the statement.

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