Good morning! It’s Monday, July 27, 2020. Here’s a look at your news across the nation:
1️⃣💵 Senate Republicans are expected to roll out a $1 trillion pandemic relief package on Monday. Last week’s talks broke down between the GOP and the White House. Why it matters: The clock ticks this week for the expiration of the $600 unemployment checks on Friday.
2️⃣💉 The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government. This is one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race. Why it matters: The studies aren’t just to test if the shots work — they’re needed to check each potential vaccine’s safety.
3️⃣🚨 Federal authorities appeared to use chemical agents against protesters in Portland overnight. Federal officers announced an unlawful assembly before 12:30 a.m. Demonstrators remained in the area, chanting “Feds go home” in response. Why it matters: The federal courthouse has been a place of contention as the city has seen nightly protests for two months since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
4️⃣🌀 Tropical weather amid a pandemic. Texas and Hawaii are experiencing the effects of Tropical Depression Hanna and Hurricane Douglas. Why it matters: It’s the first U.S. preparations for hurricanes amid a global pandemic, and another storm is developing in the Atlantic Ocean.
📱 [Trending] across the nation
🛒🦃 Target announced Monday it will close its stores Thanksgiving Day as it continues to adjust amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying “this isn’t a year for crowds.”
Walmart announced last week it will also close its stores on Thanksgiving Day this year to allow associates to spend time with their families. Sam’s Club locations will be closed as well.
📅 What to watch for today
🔴 Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, following his death from pancreatic cancer, aged 80. There will be a public viewing on the East Front Steps.
Over the weekend, Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the final time as remembrances continue for the civil rights icon.
🔴 President Donald Trump will participate in a tour and coronavirus briefing at the FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies Bioprocess Innovation Center in North Carolina where potential coronavirus vaccine components are being developed.
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