Federal Relations

June 12, 2020

What We’re Reading this Week (June 8th-12th, 2020)

Below is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team read this week.

COVID-19: New models suggest US deaths could exceed 170k, northern Virginia enters phase 2 of reopening, and King County is approved for “Phase 1.5”. However, cases continue to climb. More at CNN.

Seattle: Protesters have claimed part of Capitol Hill in Seattle as the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone”, barring police and demanding several things from local government. Seattle Mayor and Washington Governor clashed with President Trump on twitter over ongoing protests. Full story at USA Today.

Uber: Starting Monday, in the UK face masks will become mandatory in all Ubers. The American CDC also suggests using face coverings while on public transport. More at BBC.

Starbucks: The coffee giant faced backlash for, and then later repealed, its ban on employees wearing Black Lives Matter messages at work. More at Forbes.

France: Protests in against police brutality in France, especially violence directed towards ethnic minorities, has resulted in a nationwide choke-hold ban. However, French police oppose the ban and any association with racism. More at New York Times.