THURSDAY - 05/21/20
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Supreme Court blocks disclosure of Mueller Report

  • On Wednesday, the Supreme Court granted President Trump’s request and blocked House Democrats from accessing redacted material from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe
  • The decision is not necessarily set in stone, as the court simply placed a hold on access to the previously undisclosed material. However, this means that Congress may not be allowed review to the un-redacted report in full until after the November election 


WHO reports the greatest daily increase in COVID cases

  • The director-general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, released a statement saying "In the last 24 hours, there have been 106,000 cases reported to WHO—the most in a single day since the outbreak began"
  • He further stated that ⅔ of the world's cases are reported in four countries—USA, Russia, Brazil, and the UK—while reiterating advice to avoid taking hydroxychloroquine as COVID prevention (despite President Trump’s decision to do so


Ford forced to temporarily shut down two factories 

  • Ford assembly factories in Chicago, IL and Dearborn, MI were forced to shut down after employees from both factories tested positive for the coronavirus 
  • Protections put in place by automakers like Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler have allowed their plants to reopen after nearly 60 days, however issues are beginning to arise 


Antitrust regulators call for investigation over Uber-Grubhub merger

  • Grubhub, the mobile food delivery service who owns 23% of their market, and Uber Eats, who owns 22%, are under investigation for breaking antitrust laws in Minnesota, Vermont, Connecticut, and New Jersey
  • Other members of the antitrust committee have called for a moratorium on mergers during the pandemic, citing the dependence that restaurants have upon the delivery services at this time

US 🦅

Tesla drops lawsuit against legality of COVID-19 shutdown

  • The lawsuit opened by the American electric vehicle company, Tesla, against Alameda County for allegedly violating state laws, was inexplicably dropped on Tuesday
  • Tweets from CEO Elon Musk suggest that the company will leave California, although an official statement from Tesla has yet to be released


VP Pence sees tourism returning to FL in June

  • Vice President Pence has praised Florida’s plan to phase tourism back in next month, saying that Florida is “leading the way” in bringing businesses back
  • Both Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis agreed that the flattening curve signals the state’s readiness to reopen 
  • This praise occurs just a day after it was released that Florida fired the state’s top data scientist for her refusal to manipulate data to encourage reopening


  • Health 💉. 36,000 deaths could have been prevented had the US shut down one week earlier, study estimates 
  • Entertainment 🎞. Director’s cut of Zack Snyder’s Justice League to be released on HBO Max in 2021
  • Dining 🍴. Many restaurants have been reimagining their hospitality services
  • Art 🎨. Pioneering painter Susan Rothenberg dies at 75
  • Funny 😂. Man caught breaking into museum to take selfies with a dinosaur skeleton

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