CORONAVIRUS: Multiple states across the US are reporting a record number of new coronavirus cases. You read that right. Think: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Carolina...to name a few. It’s not entirely clear why, but some health experts think it’s partially due to Memorial Day gatherings. In response, oil prices dropped - while officials in New York and Houston are apparently considering another lockdown. China can relate. Beijing has recorded dozens of new virus cases lately - all linked to a major food market. Yes, really. Over in Europe, France and Spain are speeding up reopening. Meanwhile, the Trump team reportedly won’t support extending expanded unemployment benefits past July.
WORLD: All eyes are on Maria Ressa. You know Ressa as the award-winning journalist from the Philippines who is vocal about hating the country’s prez. You also know her for being indicted for alleged “cyber libel” last year - right as she was out on bail for supposed tax evasion. Cue accusations that the Philippines gov was trying to “stifle press freedoms.” Fast forward to yesterday, and a verdict was made. Spoiler: Ressa was found guilty of cyber libel. You read that right. In other world news, diseases like diphtheria, cholera, measles, and a strain of poliovirus are popping up in countries around the globe. The why: lots of places halted vaccination programs due to the coronavirus pandemic. And meanwhile, Unilever’s planning to hand 1 billion euros to a climate change fund over the next 10 years.
USA: Over the weekend, the Trump team gave the thumbs up to a rule that’d trash nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people when it comes to healthcare and health insurance. Yes, really. The rule is set to go into effect in mid-August. And ICYMI, as comes as just one of many moves the Trump team’s made to redefine “sex discrimination” as only applying to discrimination for being male or female - not sexual orientation or gender identity. Speaking of Trump, the Prez is rescheduling his upcoming rally in Tulsa. Hint: it was originally set to take place on June 19th - aka Juneteenth, which commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation. Now, it looks like the rally’s being pushed back by a day.