5 things to know for December 31: Coronavirus, Relocation, Stimulus, Brexit, Yemen

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1. Coronavirus

A year ago from today, the first cases of a mysterious virus that became known as Covid-19 appeared Reported in Wuhan, China. Since then, 1.8 million people worldwide They lost their lives in the epidemic that followed. The United States set another record daily for Covid-19 deaths yesterday, and by some estimates, Another 80,000 people could die In the next three weeks the consequences of holiday travel and gathering began. Other countries like Germany also reported record deathsAnd and Japan is studying the state of emergency To cope with the high number of cases. in the United States, The vaccine launch is later than some other countries, Which led to frustration and confusion in places like Florida, where unclear politics did Scramble for limited doses.

2. The White House Moving

Republican Senator Josh Hawley says he will Officially objecting to the results of the 2020 presidential election When Congress meets early next week to count the Electoral College votes. He is the first Senator to announce plans to veto the results, along with Republican Rep. Mo Brooks. Their combined efforts will force the House and Senate to formally debate the matter, providing a platform for President Trump’s groundless conspiracy theories claiming that the election was stolen from him. To be clear, debate and voting after that will not change the outcome of the election. But it will delay the results and Create an ugly scene for Republicans Who will have to decide for how long to tacitly accept Trump’s false claims about election fraud.

3. Motivation

After rejecting a measure that would increase the coronavirus stimulus payments from $ 600 to $ 2,000, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attacked the bill passed by the House of Representatives and said he did. “There is no realistic way to pass the Senate quickly.” As part of the political maneuver, Senator Bernie Sanders pledged to delay the vote to repeal Trump’s veto on the military finance law known as the National Defense Authorization Act until the issue of the larger stimulus payments is addressed. More and more it seems that this congressional session will end with no action on raising payments whatsoever. at the same time, $ 600 in stimulus checks are already on its way For some Americans. Oh, and The Census Bureau will miss a deadline today To produce the final population count for the year 2020. The agency said it will present the final results soon.

4. Brixi

Speaking of British legislators’ deadlines It won a vote in support of the UK post-Brexit trade agreement With the European Union right before the Brexit transition deadline. The agreement keeps Britain free of tariffs and quotas to consumers in the European Union and allows the UK to avoid the economic disaster that would have occurred had it emerged from the transition period without an agreement. Economists say the UK may enjoy a short economic boost from the new security, but leaving the EU will still be harmful. While the New Deal covers trade in goods, it does not fully cover other industries crucial to the UK economy, such as finance.

5. Yemen

at least 22 people were killed in a series of explosions targeting the Yemeni airport in Aden. The attack occurred when members of the new power-sharing government arrived from Saudi Arabia. It was not clear if the explosions were caused by the missiles, but Saudi Arabia blamed the attack on the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. A spokesman for the Saudi-backed coalition in Yemen said that the coalition intercepted and shot down a drone loaded with explosives that was targeting the presidential palace in Aden. Yemen has been plagued by years of civil war, and the newly arrived members of the government are part of a new government formed to end a power struggle between a Yemeni separatist group and its current Saudi-backed government.

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Let Anderson Lead you in peace In the new year.

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Say it with me again, for the last time: No more scary bugs 2020!

Today’s number

$ 10 million

This is the amount Ticketmaster would have to pay in fines after the company admitted this Illegally accessing competing computers.

Today’s quote

“We know that life is gone tonight and that trust between communities of color and law enforcement is fragile. Rebuilding that trust will depend on complete transparency.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Fry, Processing A fatal police shooting Wednesday night. The city police chief said that body camera footage will be released today. The shooting scene is about one mile from where George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police in late May. His death, which was captured on video, sparked national demonstrations calling for racial justice and police accountability.

Today’s weather

And finally

Should we forget the acquaintance

You know the song. But do you really know what it means? I wish you a safe and happy New Year holidays everyone! (Click here to view.)
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