POLITICS: Prez Trump’s making records. As in he’s the first defeated prez to not recognize the outcome of an election...in American history. And as of now, it looks like Republicans are pretty much backing him. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Trump has every right to try to take things to court - while Attorney General William Barr told the Justice Dept it could take a magnifying glass to allegations of voter fraud, even though there’s no evidence. To which the Justice Dept’s election crimes chief said ‘that’s it, I quit.’ Speaking of which, yesterday, Trump said ‘hasta la vista, baby’ and tweeted that Defense Sec Mark Esper had been “terminated.” And in other news, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the future of the Affordable Care Act. Suspense, thick.
DISASTERS: Recently, subtropical storm Theta formed in the Atlantic Ocean - officially marking 2020 as the most active hurricane season on record. Yes, really. So far, no watches or warnings have been issued as Theta’s largely expected to stay in open water before dissipating. Meanwhile, the US just surpassed 10 million coronavirus cases. The only other country that even comes close is India, with nearly 8.6 million cases. Now, experts are warning the US could soon see as many as 200,000 new infections every day. On that note: the Food and Drug Admin (aka the FDA) just gave the thumbs-up to emergency use of the first coronavirus antibody drug to help the immune system fight the virus.
BIZ: CBS (as in the television broadcasting company) is making some changes. Quick refresher: George Floyd’s death (and the resulting protests) sparked a lot of important conversations about race. Those conversations also led to a lot of calls for accountability and progress. CBS wasn’t immune to those calls. See: the biz got some criticism for the lack of diversity on reality TV shows like Survivor and Big Brother. Now, CBS is pledging that at least half of the cast on those shows will be made up of people of color. In other news, Amazon was just charged with abusing European Union competition rules. Not a typo. The EU says the biz uses data it collects from retailers to illegally gain an advantage in the marketplace.