Yowza!

President Donald Trump asked the U.S. ambassador to Britain to see if the British government would help steer the lucrative British Open golf tournament to his Turnberry resort in Scotland. The ambassador's deputy asked him not to do it, warning it was unethical. The ambassador raised the issue with British authorities, but the idea went nowhere [NYT].


Hmmm...

China is vowing to retaliate after they said the U.S. ordered their Houston consulate to close within 72 hours. Chinese officials are calling the move an "unprecedented escalation" [USA Today].


Coronavirus

President Trump warned the coronavirus outbreak will worsen before it gets better and urged Americans to wear a mask in public [AP].

The White House and congressional Republicans are struggling to unite on a plan for another coronavirus stimulus package [Politico].

The CDC says the number of Americans infected with the virus could be up to 12 times higher than reported [Bloomberg].


Defense funding bill

The White House is threatening to veto the $741 billion defense funding bill over a provision to rename military installations named for Confederate leaders [Politico].


Immigration

President Trump signed a memo seeking to omit undocumented immigrants from the count for redrawing congressional districts [AP].


Show of force

The Trump administration is weighing sending federal law enforcement forces to more cities to crack down on unrest [Politico].


Crackdown

Twitter banned 7,000 accounts linked to QAnon and limits another 150,000. The platform will also stop recommending content related to the conspiracy theory [NBC News].


Congress clash

Some House Republicans are calling on Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney to step down from her leadership post because they claim she is inefficiently loyal to President Trump [WaPo].


Yikes!

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested by the FBI in a $60 million bribery case [Cincinnati Enquirer].


Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. 

During his Tuesday briefing, President Trump acknowledged he knew Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, and wished her well. Maxwell was arrested earlier this month on sex trafficking charges [WaPo].


Economy

United Airlines lost an astonishing $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2020 [CNBC].

Coca-cola says sales dropped 28 percent in the most recent quarter but expects a rebound in Q3 [Reuters].

Walmart says they will close stores on Thanksgiving for the first time in several years [USA Today].