No end in sight
Another day, another “grim milestone.” A major player in Trump’s impeachment inquiry has retired due to alleged presidential bullying. And we’re not quite sure who’s attending Kanye West’s “Birthday Party.”
It’s Ashley. Let’s talk news, because 2020 is truly worth talking about.
But first, a sssolid excuse to avoid a speeding ticket: A man fought and killed one of the world’s deadliest snakes while driving 60 mph in Australia.
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3 million coronavirus cases
We write it all too often at USA TODAY: “We’ve hit another ‘grim’ milestone in our battle against COVID-19.” America surpassed 3 million reported cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, a (here it is again) grim milestone that represents roughly a quarter of the world’s cases and fatalities. What number will spark enough societal change to slow the exponential rise? Consider these stats:
Can we all just agree to prioritizing a vaccine? A top Senate Republican sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization, saying it could jeopardize the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Are schools ready to safely reopen? Trump says “it’s time to do it,” and rang the alarm school bells nationwide on Wednesday by threatening to cut off funding if classrooms don’t reopen this fall. Meanwhile, the CDC is revising its guidance on reopening schools after Trump called them “tough and expensive.”
Give it to me straight: The U.S. shattered another COVID-19 record by tallying 60,021 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. Globally, there have been almost 12 million cases and more than 545,000 deaths.
What everyone’s talking about
Key witness in Trump’s impeachment probe is retiring, citing ‘bullying’
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Army officer who testified in President Trump’s impeachment, is retiring from the military after more than 21 years of service, citing “bullying, intimidation and retaliation” by Trump. During Trump’s impeachment inquiry (believe it or not, that happened THIS year), Vindman testified about his concerns with Trump’s now-infamous phone call with Ukraine’s president. Vindman’s lawyer said he’s retiring because his future in the Army will “forever be limited” due to Trump’s “retaliation” following the impeachment proceedings.
The battle over birth control
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious groups on Wednesday in two major cases considered this year on religious freedom. The high court ruled Wednesday that employers with religious or moral objections do not have to provide insurance coverage for birth control — the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The court also ruled that religious schools are exempt from most employment discrimination claims. This means religious employers have the right to select — and fire — their employees.
Kanye really knows how to throw a birthday party
There ain’t no political party like a Kanye West’s so-called “Birthday Party.” Really. West is continuing to deliver sensational details about his 2020 presidential run, despite an apparent lack of an actual campaign. The rapper said that he plans to run for president in 2020 as a member of the “Birthday Party.” Why? “Because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday,” West told Forbes. Oh, and he apparently no longer supports Trump and says he had coronavirus.
A break from the news
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