Hard to say what Biggest News was. I guess I’ll start with the administration’s attempt to purge the US of foreign students. Basically, a couple of weeks ago, Harvard announced it was going online only, and within a few minutes, ICE announced any foreign student at a university that was online only in the fall would lose their visas. I was flabbergasted since that seemed to be a clear violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. Harvard and MIT sued last week on that ground and others, a zillion other universities filed amicus briefs including Caltech, and the court hearing was today. DHS walked in and surrendered.
Newsom basically ordered the state closed again yesterday. All bars, wineries, card houses, movie theaters, gyms, indoor dining, churches. . .ugh. Just ugh. Here’s why:
The Black Lives Matter protests haven’t abated, although they’ve become less violent (as far as I can tell, anyway.) Los Angeles was forced to drop its curfew by an ACLU lawsuit, and the result seems to have been. . .less violence.
Mostly I felt like writing this post because the mayor of D.C. decided to try to throw the National Guard troops out of D.C. (apparently they were never Federalized as required). And, while I expect she’ll fail at that, she also did one of the best p’owns ever.
She had this painted on 16th Street across from Lafayette Square.
Yesterday Science magazine published an extraordinary interview with Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He’s been essentially the only technical voice of the Administration for the COVID response. Otherwise, it’s been all politicos–Kushner, Pence, etc. T’was brilliant of him to give this interview to Science magazine and not the mainstream media. On the other hand, I read this thinking that Fauci’s begging to be fired. One just doesn’t gainsay the President in a public, on the record interview. And he did it more than once. I have to believe he’ll be gone by the end of the week.
In the same vein, on Twitter today historian Mar Hicks suggested today that even the “liberal” New York Times is helping the White House with the pro-business framing:
The graphic is about people. The headlines, $$$$. This isn’t a surprise to a sometimes-historian of climate change denial, of course. It’s the same logic. Profit for a few outweighs the health of the many.