Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other goings-on in the United States, Latin America, and the diaspora—all in one quick digest.
Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention backtracked on Monday after posting new guidance on its website that said the Coronavirus can spread through aerosols in the air and travel more than six feet. Now, the agency claims that the update was “posted in error” on its website and officials have said they will publish revised guidance. Many experts think the blunder doesn’t instill confidence or credibility at a time in which politicians have undermined scientists and epidemiologists. [WaPo]
- Trump is planning to announce a Supreme Court nominee toward the end of the week, leaving many wondering which Senate Republican will vote to confirm his pick. Mitt Romeny, considered one of few Republicans who might break away from party lines, issued a statement saying that he supported holding a vote. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” he said [Politico]
- In the U.S., 200,000 people are dead because of the Coronavirus, yet Trump said at a rally that COVID-19 “affects virtually nobody.” He also continued to downplay the virus by stating that it mostly kills “elderly people” and people with “other problems.” [Yahoo]
- Brazil’s firemen are trying to salvage what hasn’t been scorched as wildfires have spread throughout the country’s Amazon and wetlands. Areas such as the Pantanal, home to rare animals and species, have experienced some of the worst fires in years and in some cases, even more than two decades. [BBC]
- Bakhodir Madjitov, a 39-year-old Muslim man from Uzbekistan, says that three ICE agents tried to deport him despite a court order that prevented his removal, and then beat him and caused injuries when he refused to board a plane. He’s filed a lawsuit in which he’s asking for compensatory and punitive damages from each ICE agent and the United States. ICE declined to comment. [CNN]