Dr. Fauci Warns 100,000 Daily Cases | Democrats Propose Climate Plan in Congress | A Different Hong Kong

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST

US

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, says the United States is “going in the wrong direction” and could start seeing 100,000 new cases each day. The warning comes as the nation is reporting roughly 40,000 new cases in the past six days. The Washington Post

~ Florida, South Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas are becoming emerging hotspots of coronavirus. More states are following the lead of Texas, Arizona, and Florida in rolling back reopening plans. 

Democrats in Congress are proposing a plan on climate change that would make the U.S. economy carbon-neutral by 2050. The plan includes proposals for Congress to mandate every car sold by 2035 does not emit carbon, overhauled the electricity grid by 2040 and limit fossil fuel production on public lands. The Wall Street Journal 

~ This plan still falls short of the Green New Deal, a resolution favored by many progressive Democrats and climate activists that seek to diminish fossil fuels by 2030.

WORLD

USMCA takes effect today. The new trade deal among Canada, Mexico, and the United States, was negotiated last year by President Donald Trump to replace the twenty-six-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Hill

Hong Kong police arrested more than 300 pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday as the controversial security law formally takes effect on July 1. Pedestrians were reportedly arrested for having the banner that says “Hong Kong Independence.” Reuters

~ Though Beijing insists the law aims to restore stability and will only affect the small minority that endangers national security, the law is more widely seen to further crackdown dissent.

BUSINESS

All of Disney’s Asia parks have now officially reopened, as Tokyo Disney Resort welcomes visitors to its two theme parks from July 1 after four months of closure due to the pandemic. The parks will operate at less than 50% of its usual capacity. CNN

Both American Airlines and United Airlines will fill flights to full capacity going forward despite confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to rise in many states. Other carriers including Delta, Southwest have extended their capacity limits. Travel + Leisure

TECH

Google has bought North, a pioneer in human computer interfaces and smart glasses. The companies announced the news earlier today, saying that North’s “technical expertise” will help Google invest in its “hardware efforts and ambient computing future.” The Verge

YouTube TV and ESPN+ both raised their prices on Tuesday, making streaming services less of a cheap alternative to traditional cable packages. Axios

~ Youtube TV raised its price by $15, bringing its monthly price to $65. ESPN+ set its new monthly price at $5.99, same as Hulu.

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