Monday's Mini-Report, 7.20.20

Today's edition of quick hits.
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By Steve Benen

Today's edition of quick hits:

* A dreadful story out of New York: "Authorities believe an attorney found dead in New York on Monday was the shooter who killed a New Jersey federal judge's son and wounded her husband, law enforcement sources with knowledge told NBC New York. Five law enforcement officials identified him as Roy Den Hollander, a well-known New York lawyer who has a long history of anti-feminist work."

* The pain runs deep in part because we still need him: "Rep. John Lewis, the sharecroppers' son who became a giant of the civil rights movement, died Friday after a monthslong battle with cancer, his family said. He was 80."

* They're right: "Mourning the death of civil rights hero John Lewis, Democrats are urging the Senate to take up a bill of enduring importance to Lewis throughout his life: protecting and expanding the right to vote."

* Vaccine news: "A coronavirus vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca is safe and shows signs of inducing an immune response, according to early clinical trial results published Monday in the medical journal The Lancet. The trial did not look at whether the vaccine prevents coronavirus infection, however. That's a question that will be answered in trials that are ongoing."

* SCOTUS: "The Supreme Court on Monday said it will not speed up the process for getting President Donald Trump's legal battle with House Democrats over the president's business records back into the lower courts."

* I imagine there will be plenty of cases like this one: "The largest teachers' union in Florida filed a lawsuit Monday against Gov. Ron DeSantis over his administration's push to fully reopen all public schools next month -- even as coronavirus cases in the state are spiking."

* Riyadh: "Saudi Arabia's 84-year-old ruler, King Salman, has been admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh, suffering from inflammation of the gall bladder, state news agency SPA said on Monday. The king, who has ruled the world's largest oil exporter and close U.S. ally since 2015, is undergoing medical checks, the agency added, without giving details."

* Illinois has been known to have these kinds of controversies: "Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan 'must resign' if allegations of corruption are true against the fellow Democrat long considered the state’s most powerful lawmaker. Madigan, who also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, denied wrongdoing through a party spokesperson, who said he received subpoenas for documents Friday morning."

See you tomorrow.