Wednesday's Mini-Report, 7.8.20

Today's edition of quick hits.
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By Steve Benen

Today's edition of quick hits:

* The other big SCOTUS ruling today: "The Supreme Court on Wednesday strengthened legal protections that shield religious institutions from job discrimination lawsuits.... Wednesday's ruling involved Roman Catholic schools in southern California that were sued after deciding not to renew contracts for two teachers."

* A case worth watching: "Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are suing the Trump administration in federal court over a move to strip international students of their visas if their coursework is entirely online when classes resume in the fall."

* I'll be eager to see if other leagues and conferences follow: "The Ivy League is canceling sports competition for the upcoming semester because of health concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first Division I conference in the U.S. to scrap football."

* A new threshold is crossed: "Amid a surge of new infections in many states, the number of coronavirus cases in the United States topped 3 million on Tuesday, according to an NBC News tally. More than 46,500 new cases were recorded across the country on Tuesday."

* It's curious this wasn't previous disclosed: "Chief Justice John Roberts was briefly hospitalized last month after he fell and suffered an injury to his forehead while walking near his home, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court said Tuesday. Roberts, 65, was treated at a hospital June 21 and spent the night there after he fell while walking for exercise, the spokeswoman, Kathy Arberg, said in a statement."

* Facebook: "The leaders of four civil rights groups called for advertisers to continue boycotting Facebook after a meeting Tuesday with the company's top executives that they said left them feeling unconvinced of the social media giant's commitment to stopping hate speech."

* An extraordinary statistic: "As the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues, almost one-third of U.S. households, 32%, have not made their full housing payments for July yet, according to a survey by Apartment List, an online rental platform."

* A fascinating report from my pals at the Washington Monthly: "Introducing the Best Hospitals for America: Here are the institutions that save lives, save money, and serve social justice."

* Part of what strikes me as extraordinary: we've reached the point at which articles like these are suddenly necessary: "For Americans eager to resume international travel, here are the countries that currently allow U.S. citizens to enter, though there may be restrictions."

* Not long after launching his presidential campaign in 2015, Trump tweeted, "When foreigners attend our great colleges & want to stay in the U.S., they should not be thrown out of our country." I'd love to hear him explain how and why his position changed.

See you tomorrow.