USA: That’s not the only thing the Supreme Court’s been up to. Case in point: the Supremes shook their heads to hearing cases challenging qualified immunity. Aka a policy that protects police (and other public officials) from lawsuits for conduct that doesn’t involve a “clearly established” violation of a law. Cue controversy, especially since this is a policy that’s gotten a lot of attention lately. Meanwhile, everyone is talking about Oluwatoyin Salau. You know her as a 19 year old African American woman from Florida who’s a Black Lives Matter activist. Last week she went missing...and yesterday, she was found dead along with a 75 year old woman. Authorities have reportedly arrested a suspect. Stay tuned. And in other news, the New York Police Dept is disbanding its anti-crime units. Because, protests.
CORONAVIRUS: Global virus cases surpassed 8 million. Not a typo. This came as the FDA trashed its emergency approval of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine - the malaria drugs that Prez Trump’s rec’d as potential virus treatments. The agency said the drugs were “unlikely to be effective” - coming after lots of studies announced basically the same thing. In other gov news, more than 1.5 million US gov workers have been furloughed or laid off amid the pandemic. Also in the US: more than half of all four-year colleges and universities there won’t require SAT or ACT scores for fall admissions. You read that right. Over in the sports world, the US Open - minus fans - is apparently still on. So is the WNBA. What’s not: the 2021 Oscars, which are being delayed by a couple of months.
WORLD: The Supreme Court’s been busy. Hint: aside from LGBTQ+ rights and qualified immunity, the court’s also got its mind on sanctuary cities. You know sanctuary cities as cities that don’t try to help the US gov deport undocumented immigrants. And - surprise surprise - the Trump team is not a fan. So recently, the Justice Dept asked the Supremes to pretty please shoot down a California “sanctuary law.” To which the court said ‘no thanks.’ Meanwhile, Syria’s economy is not doing all that well. In other words: it’s collapsing. And elsewhere in the Middle East, the United Nations is warning that three quarters of its aid programs in Yemen (home to the largest humanitarian crisis in the world) will have to shut down if they don’t get more funding - and fast.