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Cramm for 5/12/20
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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Major League Baseball owners reportedly nodded their heads to a plan that would have players back on the field around July. Now, it’s up to the player’s union on whether this works out. Meanwhile, two more White House staffers tested positive for Covid-19. Cue new rules that order West Wing employees to wear face masks - minus Prez Trump and Vice Prez Mike Pence. Elsewhere in Washington, DC, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s expected to warn the Senate that the US could face “needless suffering and death” if the country opens up too quickly.  

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Speaking of which - the House of Reps is intro’ing a new bill that’d create a National Public Health Corps. Under this plan, hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans would be hired to help conduct testing, contact tracing, and (eventually) vaccinations. That’s not the only plan the House is working on. House Dems are drawing up another stimulus plan that’d apparently work to give more money for things like small bizes, student loans, and mail-in voting. Only a slight problem...the plan’s already facing pushback from the Trump team and Republicans. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

There’s another study out on hydroxychloroquine. And this one also says the drug - which has been rec’d by some politicians - isn’t effective against the virus. 

 

SO…?

The whole world’s looking to the future of this pandemic. TBD, TBD, TBD.

 


THE ACTION

LAW: All eyes are on the Supreme Court. We’ll remind you: for forever, Dems have been trying to sneak a peek at Prez Trump’s personal financial records. (It’s typical for prezes to release these, but Trump never did.) Intro multiple subpoenas. Plus court battles over whether these are valid. Lower courts said yes - an outcome Prez Trump wasn’t happy about. Now, the fight’s gone all the way to the Supreme Court. Suspense, thick. Speaking of which, a new prosecutor - the fourth in just a couple months - was named to the Ahmaud Arbery case. This comes as the Justice Dept’s reportedly considering federal hate-crime charges over Arbery’s killing. 

 

WORLD: Recently, Mexico’s prez ordered the armed forces (under the command of the National Guard) to head back to the streets for another four years. The why: increased violence that resulted in about 3,000 homicides in March - the second-highest monthly murder tally ever recorded in Mexico. Now, it looks like the gov is relying on the National Guard to support public security and go after organized criminal groups. Meanwhile, recently, at least 16 people - including newborn babies and mothers - were killed after gunmen opened fire on a maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. This came around the same time that a suicide bomber killed at least 24 people at a funeral in Afghanistan. 


MONEY: Apple’s shifting gears. As in the tech biz is reportedly in talks with Indian gov officials - talks that could result in as much as a fifth of its production being moved from China to India. Think: $40 billion worth of devices like iPhones. Big deal, since this would be very very bad news for China...and very very good news for India. And it comes as a growing number of bizes are apparently worried about becoming too reliant on China. Stay tuned. In other news, some beaches that have reopened are seeing an uptick in trash. See: Cocoa Beach in Florida, where 12,000 pounds of trash were hauled from the beach after it opened back up a couple weeks ago. Not a typo.


WHAT TO KNOW

100,000:” how many bees this man found in his ceiling. Unbeelievable. 


SAY WHAT?

“No one is buying pants” - an actual headline. Sounds about right. 

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