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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Prez Trump is cracking down. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

The US has been facing its coronavirus outbreak for over three months now. And ICYMI, cases are still rising in at least 22 states. Not to mention that out of the more than 183,000 cases around the world that were reported in the last 24 hours (a new record), 20 percent came from the US. To make matters worse: the World Health Organization says the recent rise in cases isn’t due to increased testing. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, Prez Trump gave the thumbs-up to a new order suspending new work visas. We’ll refresh your memory. There’s a wide range of work visas out there, from visas handed to computer programmers and other skilled workers...to students on work-study summer programs...to seasonal workers in the hospitality industry. And yes, they’re all being blocked under the Prez’s new order - potentially impacting hundreds of thousands of workers. Plus bizes in the US who employ these kinds of workers (in particular, tech bizes). Cue praise from those who say this will help slow the spread of the virus...and backlash from lots of big bizes. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Saudi Arabia’s got a similar idea. As in the gov just announced that only Saudis and foreign nationals already in the kingdom can perform the hajj this year (a sacred pilgrimage for Muslims). 

 

SO…?

Everyone’s looking to slow the spread of this virus. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

USA: The effects of George Floyd’s death are still being felt across the US. In New York City, the Natural History Museum’s planning to take down that statue of Theodore Roosevelt on horseback and surrounded by a Native American man and an African man outside its entrance. The way: for years, activists have criticized the statue for symbolizing colonial expansion and racial discrimination. Now, it looks like the museum’s listening - but adding that their decision is only based on the statue itself, not on Roosevelt. Speaking of which, Eskimo Pie is changing its name - while NASCAR drivers are standing with Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top racing series, after someone appeared to put a noose in his garage. Over in Seattle, the city’s ending its police-free protest zone after facing shootings. 

 

WORLD: On that note - people are protesting in Canada after Ontario police reportedly killed a man in mental health distress. Now, it looks like Ontario’s police watchdog is taking a magnifying glass to the death. Meanwhile, the Trump team is making a big move. Recently, the gov designated 4 more Chinese state-run media outlets as “foreign missions.” Aka embassies. This is apparently because the outlets are “substantially owned or effectively controlled” by the Chinese gov. Big deal, since the move pretty much requires these outlets to hand the US State Dept a full list of their employees in the US and their real estate holdings - and could potentially force some of their journalists to ditch the US. Cue outrage (courtesy of China). 


POLITICS: Today’s a crucial day for New York and Kentucky. The two states head to the polls in their Primary elections. We’ll remind you: even though former Vice Prez Joe Biden has already snagged enough votes to win the Dem nomination for prez, voting is still pretty darn important. Because, Congress. Hint: voters still get to decide which candidate they want to rep their party at the November congressional elections. If you’re in New York or Kentucky, here’s everything you need to know about casting your ballot. And in other gov news, the House Judiciary panel is apparently prepping to subpoena Attorney General William Barr. Yes, really. This comes after controversy over Barr’s effort to fire Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor.


WHAT TO KNOW

The price of cheese:” what’s apparently at record highs. Oh cheese. 


SAY WHAT?

“Eating Thai Fruit Demands Serious Effort but Delivers Sublime Reward” - an actual headline. Priorities. 

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