Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Matt Davies)

In other news, the U.S. has crossed 40 million confirmed coronavirus infections with over 651,000 deaths according to an NBC News tally.

That's before another possible 100,000 deaths are added by December.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating up to 350(!) potential oil spills caused by Hurricane Ida.

Finally, they're running out of food in some corners of Britain because adhering to Brexit philosophy is apparently more important than keeping shelves stocked.

Nando’s Group has been forced to close some of its fast-food outlets amid a shortage of chicken, while McDonald’s Corp. ran out of milkshakes in Britain. The country’s hospitality and food industry has warned that shortages like these will worsen as demand increases later in the year.

“Brexit was always going to cause a tension in Tory philosophy between a commitment to free markets and a commitment to sovereignty,” said Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London. “In the end, they chose sovereignty.” [...]

“If we get too many ‘Christmas is canceled’ headlines, we’ll probably see the government relent,” Bale said. “It would cause them a few bad headlines for a few days, but nothing like the kind of difficulties they would face if there were shortages of products on the shelves.”

Last week was really slow and it remains to be seen what will happen this week, but I'll do my best.

Congress will return to Washington soon and they need to pass the bipartisan infrastructure spending bill, the reconciliation bill, a bill to raise the national debt ceiling, and fund the government beyond October 1st.