Prosecutors say the Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring a researcher after the FBI interviewed her about alleged visa fraud on June 20. The researcher was charged for lying about her affiliation with a Chinese military university. This move could cause serious tension between the China and the U.S., especially as the U.S. is seeking to crack down on Chinese espionage and research theft.
Many school districts are still debating to what extent they might go virtual this year, but some families are taking their children’s education into their own hands. Neighbors are banding together to form schooling "pods" with private instructors as a way to secure child care and make sure their kids don't fall behind in school. However, this trend could deepen the educational divide along racial and class lines.
The U.K. and China made big news with promising results in vaccine development for the coronavirus — the US, Russia and at least five other countries are also working on possible vaccines.
Why it matters: For a vaccine to work effectively, these countries should be working together. Instead, they're clashing. Countries like the US and Canada have even accused Russia of stealing our vaccine research.
Some of the country’s largest school districts have already made the decision to go online-only for this coming school year. Many are talking about hybrid models that combine distance and in-person learning, but whether they're online or in the classroom, teachers will bear the brunt of making their classes work.
Last week, the Trump administration announced a new policy that could force international students out of the U.S. if their universities move to online-only classes. This puts more than a quarter of a million Chinese students in the U.S. at risk of losing their visas — and students from Hong Kong are at special risk of being arrested upon their return due to a new Chinese security law.
Coronavirus cases are on the rise in 33 states — and California and Florida hit record high numbers of daily cases last week. Hospitals and other medical facilities are feeling déjà vu, as they start to experience personal protective equipment shortages again.
Over the last few weeks, the Supreme Court has handed down multiple setbacks to President Trump and conservatives on cases ranging from abortion to LGBTQ discrimination. Chief Justice John Roberts' record shows he's not siding with the left. Instead, he's slowly but surely moving the court in a more conservative direction.