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2. US presidential transition
President Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 election continues, with the support of senior Republicans and other members of his administration. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not recognize Joe Biden’s victory yesterday, even as America’s closest allies congratulated the president-elect. The Trump administration is also making sweeping changes to the Department of Defense. Four senior civilian officials have been sacked or resigned since Monday, and they have been replaced by people considered loyal to Trump. These actions sounded alarm bells inside the Pentagon, with one defense official calling them “dictatorial moves.” Despite these efforts, Biden is moving forward, announcing his transition teams.
Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations in the United States are higher than ever, and state leaders are urging residents to stay at home. The nation is experiencing a dangerous outbreak: Texas has achieved the grim distinction of becoming the first state to hit a million cases, with California almost there too. Yesterday marked eight consecutive days in which the country has reported more than 100,000 new cases per day, and the total number of cases nationwide is over 10 million. News that Pfizer’s vaccine has been shown to be over 90% effective has given some hope, but states now fear the distribution process will go smoothly. Countries around the world are also setting new records. More than 50 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded worldwide.
4. The Vatican
The late Pope John Paul II was warned of allegations of sexual impropriety by Theodore McCarrick but promoted him to Archbishop of Washington despite his own denials and an “inaccurate” investigation by US bishops, an internal investigation by the US Bishops found. Vatican. The report follows two years of investigation and years of scrutiny into how McCarrick was allowed to rise in the hierarchy. Last year, McCarrick became the most senior church figure to be defrocked for sexual abuse after a church trial found him guilty of sexually abusing minors. His lawyer declined to comment. The report appears to largely absolve the current Pope, Francis, of all blame.
5. Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s last 15 pro-democracy lawmakers resigned in protest today after Beijing allowed the expulsion of four of their colleagues. The bold move comes after China’s highest legislative body passed a resolution giving local authorities sweeping new powers to quash dissent. The move would allow the Hong Kong executive to expel elected lawmakers without having to go to court, further strengthening Beijing’s control over the semi-autonomous city and likely signaling the end of political opposition. The government’s actions follow months of pro-democracy protests, which drew more than a million people at its peak and plunged the city into political crisis.
BROWSE THE BREAKFAST
Dazzling fireballs are about to light up the night sky
Grab a lawn chair and gaze at the stars – the northern Taurida meteor shower peaks today and tomorrow.
Boston Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn dies
The Basketball Hall of Famer has played a role in each of the team’s 17 championships. He was 86 years old.
New Zealand discovers 1,500 fraudulent votes… in bird election
Fortunately, the integrity of this year’s Bird of the Year race is still intact.
Hospital workers win $ 6 million in lottery
Considering all that healthcare workers have been through this year, this is absolutely fitting.
Miss USA 2020 is the first black woman to represent Mississippi
She will represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant.
CBS promises more diverse castings for its reality shows
“Big Brother”, “Survivor” and “Love Island” could be very different next year.
Archaeologists in Norway uncover rare Viking burial site with party hall, house of worship and boat
And they found it without digging the earth.
That’s roughly the number of the critically endangered Popa langurs, a species of primate newly discovered in Myanmar.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“If you treat your own black officers this way, what do you do to black citizens?” “
Karl Shaw, an African-American policeman who received a settlement of $ 475,000 from Columbus, Ohio. Shaw says he faced retaliation for reporting racism and other wrongdoing from a superior.
Tropical storm Eta veers towards Florida
Eta is strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico and could revert to a hurricane, bringing heavy downpours that could lead to flooding and landslides.
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Free fall, from space
Revisit the supersonic space jump of Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner – a terrifying and thrilling spectacle to behold. (Click here to view.)