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Perhaps you were too distracted by the World Cup to stay updated on what's happening in the music industry, or maybe the early stages of the debates have you too focused to think about the latest news in entertainment. Whatever it is, the events that defined July 2019 include memorable moments from the White House, the big screen summer blockbusters, unexpected natural disasters, and more.
These are the most talked-about events and happenings of July 2019. If you want to take a look at the year as a whole, check out all of the 2019 trending topics.
The federal government announced on July 25 that US Attorney General William Barr instructed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to resume capital punishment after an almost 20-year hiatus. National Public Radio justice correspondent Carrie Johnson said one reason the sentence has been on hold since 2003 is that there were shortages in one of the "three-drug protocol" substances used for lethal injections.
Protocol has since shifted and the bureau will begin using pentobarbital alone, a decision the federal courts agree upholds the Eighth Amendment, prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment.
Barr also issued a request to carry out capital punishment on five inmates convicted of murder. The victims in each case are reportedly children and the elderly. According to Barr, "The Justice Department upholds the rule of law - and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system."
While the US women's national soccer team made their way to the World Cup, a soccer magazine called Eight by Eight posted a video of team player Megan Rapinoe saying that if their team were to win the World Cup, she would not be "going to the f*cking White House." Rapinoe also voiced her doubts that the women's team would even be invited.
President Donald Trump responded to Rapinoe in a tweet that reads:
Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners... leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!
...I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!
Rapinoe, who has publicly protested America's failure to protect the civil liberties of marginalized groups in the past, and Trump, who has feuded with athletes for similar differences in the past, did not appear to reach a resolution prior to the final game.
On July 15, the largest barrel jellyfish known to humans was spotted off the coast of Cornwall in the English Channel by biologist Lizzie Daly and underwater photographer Dan Abbott. Typical barrel jellies are 3 feet in diameter and can weigh up to 77 pounds. This one, however, was 5 feet long, as big as Daly herself.
Barrel jellyfish are the largest known jelly species and are essentially harmless. They feed on plankton and have a relatively weak sting. Daly described the experience of swimming alongside the 5-foot fish as "humbling," saying she followed it for about an hour.
On June 30, Taylor Swift announced that Scooter Braun purchased Big Machine Label Group in a $300 million deal that hands the rights to the pop star's entire six-album catalog over to the record manager. Swift claims she found out about the deal as the news broke to the world, and that it is her "worst-case scenario." The fallout has created a divide in the industry that's rippled into the first days of July with no real resolution in sight.
Swift said Braun's ownership means her "musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it," and she is "sad and grossed out."
Braun's wife, Yael Cohen, defended her husband, saying Swift was aware the deal was about to happen and declined to make a move to own the catalog herself.