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THURSDAY - 05/21/20
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POLITICS 🏛️

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 

WORLD 🌎

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

BUSINESS 💰

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 

TECH 📱

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

TRAVEL ✈️

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

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • 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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