POLITICS: Prez Trump’s not feeling the love. Reminder: the other day, he announced that he’d be pulling US troops out of Syria - opening the door for Turkey to launch a military offensive against the Kurds, a minority group that’s helped the US fight ISIS for years. Spoiler alert: pretty much everyone wasn’t a fan - including Republicans. Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL) called the decision a “grave mistake” - while Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it was “short-sighted and irresponsible.” Oh, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it’ll “only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.” Political fireworks, launched. Speaking of which, the Trump team’s ordering a diplomat not to testify before Congress in the investigation into the Ukraine scandal.
USA: The Supreme Court’s back in business. Today, the Supremes are expected to hear three cases on whether it’s legal to fire workers due to sexual orientation or gender identity. The cases are largely seen as setting the stage for a “landmark civil rights ruling.” Stay tuned. Meanwhile, yesterday, a federal judge ordered Prez Trump to turn over his tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney. The Prez quickly appealed - meaning things are at a standstill until the court figures out next steps. This comes after Trump shook his head to revealing his tax returns - which is the standard for presidential candidates. Suspense, thick. And in other news, the 400 wealthiest Americans reportedly pay a lower total tax rate than any other group.
WORLD: All eyes are on Hong Kong, China, and the NBA. Quick refresher: for months, protesters have been taking to the streets in Hong Kong to demand more freedom and democracy. Cue China’s efforts to crack down on these protests. Fast forward to the other day, and the general manager of the Houston Rockets in the US tweeted support for the Hong Kong protesters. Leading China to retaliate - and ultimately leading the NBA to say ‘so sorry’ to China. Intro backlash. Meanwhile, the US is blacklisting 28 Chinese organizations and bizes with ties to the Uighur Muslim (a predominantly-Muslim ethnic group) camps in Xinjiang, China - camps that are largely seen as internment camps.