WORLD: Speaking of the pandemic, Brazil is facing a major virus crisis - and it looks like Prez Jair Bolsonaro has no plans to significantly address it. The why: the country’s attorney general just quit after refusing to sign Bolsonaro’s lawsuit to lift state governors’ lockdown orders. Five other ministers also resigned yesterday - plus a new health minister was sworn in last week. It’s Brazil’s fourth health minister since the pandemic began. In other news, Beijing just passed a new “patriot” election law for Hong Kong. The law drastically cuts back on the rights of Hong Kongers to stand for election, which would give China even more power to reshape Hong Kong’s gov.
USA: A second lawsuit was just filed against that new Georgia voting law. Quick refresher: after the 2020 US presidential election, more and more states began intro’ing new laws that would restrict voting rights. Georgia’s law requires an ID for absentee ballots, limits the use of ballot boxes, lets state election boards take over county election boards, and criminalizes offering food or water to voters waiting in line. Now, it looks like advocacy groups are saying ‘see you in court, Georgia.’ Meanwhile, the Biden team just launched a push to expand offshore wind power. The goal? Generate enough wind energy by 2030 to power 10 million American homes. Oh, and create 44,000 new jobs. This comes as Biden is planning to lay out a sweeping infrastructure and jobs proposal tomorrow.
PEOPLE: The murder trial of Derek Chauvin is underway. So far, multiple witnesses have testified, with one witness explicitly saying, “I believe I witnessed a murder.” Another witness, a bystander, said that Chauvin appeared to shift his weight on Floyd’s neck to tighten his hold as he was dying. And yet another witness, a 911 dispatcher, testified that she watched the death in real time...and thought the security footage had frozen because it went on so long. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, recently, a man kicked a 65 year old Asian woman in Midtown Manhattan, stomped on her, and made anti-Asian statements. Now, the New York Police Dept is searching for this man and opening a hate crime investigation.