- LifestyleRoad & Track
For a minute there, it looked like the Blackwing was done for. But it's found the most unlikely of saviors.
- U.S.CBS News
"They're just scared to get infected by Chinese people," restaurant owner Kin Lam told CBS News.
Should I cancel my flight? Will recirculated air on a plane spread coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know before traveling
Judi LiVigni was supposed to fly from New York to San Diego last week to visit her brother, who she usually sees only once a year. But the day of her flight, she chose to cancel her trip because of concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak. LiVigni, a 51-year-old registered dietician who lives on Long Island, had planned a quick weekend getaway, but doubts were swirling in her mind as new cases of COVID-19 were being confirmed on the West Coast.
- PoliticsNational Review
Dem Senator Slams Chief Justice for Scolding Schumer, Implies that 80 Recent SCOTUS Decisions are Illegitimate
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) has implied that 80 recent Supreme Court decisions are illegitimate due to the "partisan" nature of the decisions and the influence of Republican donors on the court's composition."As the architect of an 80-case barrage of partisan, 5-4 decisions for big Republican donor interests, Chief Justice Roberts has zero credibility playing umpire in any political squabble," Whitehouse wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. The senator has since continued to post on the supposed 80 partisan decisions."[Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell’s effort to pack the Court is echoed by his effort to reassure the Republican justices of continued Republican political support. In a word: 'Keep churning out the decisions for our big donors, boys; we’ve got your back,'" Whitehouse wrote on Thursday.Whitehouse appeared to be responding to the controversy over Senator Chuck Schumer's (D., N.Y.) remarks outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Schumer was speaking to a group of abortion rights activists as the court debated a case that could restrict access to abortions in the state of Louisiana."I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price," Schumer told the crowd. "You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions."A Schumer spokesperson later said the senator was referring to the "political price" Republicans would pay if the court ruled in favor of the pro-life position. Nonetheless, Chief Justice John Roberts rebuked Schumer over his comments."Threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous," Roberts said. Schumer attempted to walk back his remarks on Thursday."I am from Brooklyn. We speak in strong language," the senator said. "I shouldn’t have used the words I did but in no way was I making a threat. I never, never would do such a thing."
- U.S.The Week
China's claims of how it's handling coronavirus recovery should be taken with more than a few grains of salt.Even before COVID-19 became a global crisis, Chinese leaders had been criticized for their handling of the situation and lack of transparency about the disease's progression. Things now look like they're on the upswing, and businesses even appear to be headed back to work — but whistleblowers and local officials tell Caixan that's just a carefully crafted ruse.Beijing has spent much of the outbreak pushing districts to carry on business as usual, with some local governments subsidizing electricity costs and even installing mandatory productivity quotas. Zhejiang, an province east of the epicenter city of Wuhan, claimed as of Feb. 24 it had restored 98.6 percent of its pre-coronavirus work capacity.But civil servants tell Caixan that businesses are actually faking these numbers. Beijing had started checking Zhejiang businesses' electricity consumption levels, so district officials ordered the companies to start leaving their lights and machinery on all day to drive the numbers up, one civil servant said. Businesses have reportedly falsified staff attendance logs as well — they "would rather waste a small amount of money on power than irritate local officials," Caixan writes.In Wuhan, officials have tried to make it appear that recovery efforts are going smoothly. But when "central leaders" personally survey disinfecting regimens and food delivery, local officials "make a special effort" for them and them alone, one resident told Caixan. And in a video circulating on social media, residents can be seen shouting at visiting leaders from the apartments where they're being quarantined — "Fake, it's all fake." Read more at Caixan.More stories from theweek.com White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow claims coronavirus is 'contained,' says Americans should 'stay at work' It's 2020 and women are exhausted The Biden veepstakes
- LifestyleIn The Know
A former Wendy’s employee is going viral after quitting her job mid-shift with a dramatic gesture — and filming the entire thing.