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Today, the Senate Health Committee will hold a virtual hearing at which Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as three other top government doctors, testify on the novel coronavirus. This will be the first time Fauci will be able to speak without President Trump standing directly next to him and often interrupting his responses.
As CBS News explained, Fauci’s testimony before the Senate comes after the Trump administration blocked him from appearing before a House committee to discuss spending on coronavirus testing. President Trump told reporters last week that he doesn’t want officials appearing before House Democrats, who hold the majority.
Why This Matters: The New York Times reported late last night that Fauci plans to warn the Senate in his testimony that Americans would experience “needless suffering and death” should the country be opened too soon. This is the type of critical information that experts are not able to divulge at the White House coronavirus press briefings and it comes at the expense of public safety. Americans have a right to know the truth, not whatever false narrative the Trump White House is trying to spin in order to hide the fact that coronavirus infection rates are spiking to new highs in several metropolitan areas and smaller communities across the country,
Bear Flag Revolt: In many ways California is a microcosm of the tension happening throughout the country of urban populations being wary of reopening too soon and those in rural areas protesting measures to keep people home. California’s Governor Gavin Newsom has been adamant that he is basing his decision to keep shelter in place orders on science but two northern California counties are in open revolt of his orders.
Additionally, Tesla CEO Elon Musk escalated his standoff with county officials in California on Monday as he announced that the automaker would be “restarting production today against Alameda County rules.” Musk has threatened to move the Tesla plant out of California. Perhaps he’s worried the outlook for his company will be the same in California as it has been in China, but Alameda County is capitulating to Musk and has said it will try to work on a plan to reopen the plant more fully.
International: As countries consider lifting lockdowns, some in Asia are experiencing a resurgence in coronavirus cases.
The International Energy Agency stated in its annual World Energy Investment report released yesterday that the unparalleled decline in worldwide energy investment had been “staggering in both its scale and swiftness.” Investment in global energy is expected fall by $400bn this year, the biggest drop in the industry’s history As CNBC reported, the IEA “warned […]
In April, Vice President Mike Pence predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Memorial Day weekend. We’ve just passed that milestone and in the United States nearly 100,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus. Despite warnings from the World Health Organization that countries with declining infection rates could still face an […]
While Michigan is facing record flooding and a pandemic, protestors began giving out free haircuts outside the state’s Capitol in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order. In the United States, data suggests that protestors around the country have played a part in spreading COVID-19 through their risky behavior. Incidentally, as Emily Holden reported for the […]
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