Monday's Mini-Report, 8.10.20

Today's edition of quick hits.
By Steve Benen

Today's edition of quick hits:

* The latest out of Chicago: "Hundreds of people swept through streets of Chicago overnight, injuring police officers, smashing store windows, and looting and damaging property after police officers shot a man they say was armed, officials said. More than 100 people were arrested and 13 officers were injured, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Monday morning at a news conference."

* One of the biggest stories in the world: "Dramatic protests erupted across Belarus overnight as the country's authoritarian president declared a sweeping victory over a popular opposition candidate in elections widely seen as riddled with irregularities. Alexander Lukashenko has resorted to violent crackdowns on several occasions to maintain his grasp on power in the former Soviet nation for the last 26 years. But despite recent overtures to the West signaling that his regime was softening, Lukashenko reverted to the old playbook Sunday."

* Less than a week after the blast: "Lebanon's government resigned Monday as the fallout from last week's deadly explosion deepened a political crisis in the country's blast-ravaged capital. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said he would resign along with all of his ministers."

* Quite a milestone: "As the U.S. surpassed 5 million coronavirus cases this weekend, the milestone was met with little fanfare as some school districts planned to reopen and thousands descended on Sturgis, South Dakota, for the world's largest annual gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts."

* In related news: "Florida shattered its record for weekly hospitalizations, making it one of the biggest coronavirus hot spots in the nation. Some 3,355 people were admitted to Florida hospitals from Sunday, Aug. 2, to Monday, the state's COVID-19 dashboard showed."

* The arrest of a prominent pro-democracy voice: "Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the new national security law, his top aide said on Twitter, in what is the highest-profile arrest yet under the legislation."

* I don't imagine anyone found this surprising: "The Georgia high school captured in viral images last week that showed hallways packed with students will temporarily close after nine people at the school tested positive for COVID-19, the district's superintendent said in a letter Sunday."

* Quite a story: "Shares of Eastman Kodak plunged more than 40 percent during premarket trading on Monday after a federal agency said it was reviewing a previously announced $765 million loan for the onetime photography pioneer to produce drug ingredients."

* Must be nice: "New Zealand has now gone 100 days with no detected community spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health confirmed in an emailed statement Sunday."

* Quite a column from Beth Fukumoto, who was once considered a rising star in GOP politics: "Distancing yourself from a failing party is an easy hedge when your position is either completely secure or increasingly desperate. But if Republicans are serious about reckoning with their futures, they must start by asking themselves: 'Where is my red line? At what point would I say, 'This is just too much'?'"

See you tomorrow.