5 things to know for March 24: Colorado, Covid-19, White House, Myanmar, North Korea

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5 things to know for March 24: Colorado, Covid-19, White House, Myanmar, North Korea


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1. Tir au Colorado

We now know the identities of the 10 victims of Monday’s mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. We also know more about the suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, who was taken into custody after the shooting and who is facing 10 counts of assassination. What the police don’t know is a concrete motive. As more information comes out, members of Congress are calling for federal action on gun legislation. Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat, is urging fellow lawmakers to consider what he calls “common sense” gun laws, and some options are already on the table. Just two weeks ago, the Democratic-led House passed two bills that would expand background checks on all commercial gun sales. The concern is that, as with past pressures for gun reform, nothing will actually pass. The city of Boulder banned assault weapons in 2018, but a judge recently ruled it couldn’t enforce the ban.

2. Coronavirus

At least a dozen states eased coronavirus restrictions this month, and now Indiana and Virginia are set to join the list with increased restaurant and venue capacities, among other measures. All this despite continued warnings from experts that reopenings, combined with unpredictable variants of Covid-19, could once again increase the number of cases. The UK is taking a decidedly different approach: under new regulations due to be voted on tomorrow, anyone taking non-essential holidays abroad while the regulations are still in place could face a fine of 7,000. $. Need another reminder that the pandemic is definitely not over? India just declared its highest single-day death toll this year.

3. White House

The special registration period for the Affordable Care Act will be extended until August 15, the Biden administration said. The change will give Americans more time to reap the benefits of the Covid-19 relief law. Meanwhile, other Biden Cabinet nominees are in the process of being confirmed: Dr Vivek Murthy has been confirmed as US Surgeon General, a role he held in the Obama administration. Shalanda Young has been confirmed as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Two Asian American Senators, Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono, have raised concerns about the representation of Asian Americans on Biden’s team. But they rescinded threats to oppose some candidates after the White House agreed to add a high-level liaison between the Asia-American Pacific islands.

4. Myanmar

Hundreds of Burmese citizens, including police, government officials and civilians, flee Myanmar as violence from last month’s military coup escalates. Tens of thousands of people continue to demonstrate across the country despite violent repression by police and junta military forces. Reports of a 7-year-old girl killed in her father’s arms by police in a raid have further inflamed rage and pain. Today, protesters are calling for a “silent strike”, with businesses and stores on the verge of closing and people staying at home in an attempt to shut down entire cities. Overall, at least 275 people have been killed since the coup, according to a Myanmar nonprofit, and up to 2,400 people have been arrested, according to the United Nations.

5. North Korea

North Korea carried out its first weapons test since President Biden took office, firing two projectiles last weekend. The test was widely expected, and officials downplayed the event as “low-end” provocative actions the regime might take. The projectiles were apparently not ballistic missiles, a designation which the Biden administration says does not constitute a serious violation. This means that the test will not deter the United States from continuing diplomacy with Pyongyang. Biden is still reflecting on his official policy on the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, and lawmakers and key U.S. allies are eagerly awaiting details, which they say will be announced publicly in the coming weeks.

BROWSE BREAKFAST

7-Eleven opens drive-thru taco service

Everything to remove the time and distance between us and a face full of tacos.

Alcohol sales fell for the first time since the start of the pandemic

Hope that means we’ve all found healthier, more productive ways to spend our evenings, right? … law?!

David’s Bridal says weddings are coming back – now with jumpsuits and short hemlines

Tradition be sacred, there is nothing wrong with wearing to be a happy bride or groom!

Wall Street fights Covid-19 exhaustion with free Platoons and iPads

By the end of the century, summer weather could last six months (and that’s not a good thing)

Endless summer: romantic in theory, literally apocalyptic in reality.

TODAY NUMBER

$ 300 million

This is the amount that more than 180 Asian American organizations have requested to be added to the next federal budget to fight anti-Asian discrimination. The groups signed a letter to the Biden administration asking for money, which they hope will go towards things like violence prevention, hate crime awareness, and grants to groups helping victims and survivors. . Here’s how you can help fight anti-Asian hate right now.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“My opinion is that this problem is much closer to us than most think. “

Adm. John Aquilino, the next commander of US forces in the Pacific, who warned the Senate Armed Services Committee that China was rapidly amassing weapons and systems to militarily overwhelm Taiwan. Aquilino said such steps could be taken within the next six years.

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AND FINALLY

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