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 U.S. continues to grapple with skyrocketing Coronavirus numbers, reaching another shocking record of 145,835 new cases on Wednesday (Nov. 11). On Thursday, top epidemiologist Anthony Fauci urged people to stay calm and the country can avoid a national lockdown “if we can just hang in there” and adopt stronger social distancing habits until vaccination options are available. [WaPo]
- Despite lack of cooperation from the Trump administration, President-elect Joe Biden is moving forward with his transition and has begun to shape his team. On Wednesday, he announced Ron Klain would be his chief of staff. Klein is a lawyer and Washington veteran who worked with Barack Obama and Al Gore.[NYT]
- Mexico has changed its immigration laws to prohibit holding migrant children in detention centers with their parents. Children will now have their legal status provisionally recognized to have the opportunity to look into a protective status instead of being deported. The move was applauded by the U.N. and immigration rights groups. [NBC Latino]
- Democratic candidate Candace Valenzuela conceded her race in Texas’s 24th Congressional District this week, congratulating Republican winner Beth Van Duyne. The race had been closely watched and had Valenzuela been elected, she would have been the first Black Latina in the house. You can read more about her here. [HuffPo]
- Days after launching her Reebok collaboration, Cardi B has apologized for an ad in which she’s depicted as the Hindu goddess Durga. “I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful. Maybe I should’ve done my research. And I’m sorry I can’t change the past, but I’m gonna do more research for the future,” Cardi said. [Page Six]
- Moctesuma Esparza, the producer of the Selena biopic starring Jennifer Lopez, has sued Selena’s father and sister, Abraham and Suzette Quintanilla, and Netflix for breach of contract, saying that Abraham signed a contract that gave Esparza the rights to the life stories of the Tejano singer in 1995. The suit also claims that the Quintanillas had discussed a series with Esparza before the Netflix project, and that Netflix ignored his rights. [E! News]