CORONAVIRUS: Yesterday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a big announcement: fully vaccinated Americans no longer have to mask or socially distance. The only exceptions: hospital, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, airports, and public transportation. The CDC is leaving it up to states and bizes to figure out specific mandates, while new guidance on schools should come soon. The US isn’t the only place cutting back on coronavirus restrictions. Greece is ending its lockdown measures and opening up to tourists. Meanwhile, a major doctor’s union in Japan is calling on the gov to cancel the Tokyo Olympics. And back in the US, nearly 2 million Americans will lose jobless benefits early after 16 states trashed them.
WORLD: The violence is continuing to escalate in Israel-Palestine. Israel is sending troops to the border with Gaza, raising fears of a possible ground invasion. The military has continued to shell targets inside Gaza as Hamas has fired about 1,800 long-range rockets throughout Israel. At least 122 Palestinians and 6 Israelis, including civilians and kids, have been killed. Meanwhile, five High Court judges in Kenya just blocked a gov-blacked plan to make fundamental changes to the constitution. It’s the court’s most significant ruling in years. In other news, Turkey’s Karpowership, which provides one-quarter of Lebanon’s electricity, is shutting down. Hint: the biz, which is facing a legal battle, says it’s owed more than $100 million.
USA: The Biden team has its mind on immigration. Quick refresher: towards the start of the pandemic, Trump enacted a policy called Title 42 that expelled migrant families at the US-Mexico border. Critics argued the policy exposed asylum-seekers to potentially dangerous conditions in Mexico - plus caused some families to separate from their kids, since Title 42 only applies to adults. Now, it looks like Biden is planning to identify vulnerable migrant families in Mexico and admit them to the US. In other news, the state trial for the three other ex-police officers accused of aiding and abetting in the murder of George Floyd was just delayed until next March. The idea is to let a federal trial take place first.