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Republicans in Congress are preparing to push back two priority items backed by Democrats. In the Senate, they are expected to block a vote today that would advance the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, as they say they have yet to strike a deal with Democrats to draft the legislation. Even if the vote fails, talks are expected to intensify, with hopes of getting things done by early next week. Meanwhile, Republicans on the new House inquiry committee are bracing for a protracted clash over the fallout from the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill. Rather than focusing on former President Trump’s role in the attack, members of the GOP committee might try to focus the investigation on Capitol’s unpreparedness.
3. Trump’s ally
Tom Barrack, a former Trump adviser, has been jailed for acting as an agent of a foreign government. Barrack has been charged with illegal foreign lobbying on behalf of the UAE in what New York federal prosecutors have described as an effort to influence the foreign policy positions of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and this new administration . The indictment cites several cases of alleged promotion by Barrack and others of the UAE’s program to the Trump campaign and the alleged continuation of that work once Trump was in power. Barrack was chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, and while some of the alleged conduct relates to the presidential transition, it does not appear to be related to the 2017 inaugural festivities. A spokesperson for Barrack said he plans to plead not guilty.
4. Opioid trial
Three opioid distributors have reached a $ 1.1 billion settlement in an ongoing massive lawsuit sparked by the opioid epidemic. McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc., and Amerisource Bergen Drug Corporation have all agreed to pay the money for opioid reduction efforts in New York State to be removed from the lawsuit. New York filed a lawsuit in 2019 against a long list of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. Attorney General Letitia James has accused companies of “years of deceptive marketing about opioid risks and (of failure) to exercise their fundamental duty to report suspicious behavior.” Johnson & Johnson settled with the state last month for $ 230 million. Some other companies involved in the lawsuit have declared bankruptcy.
5. Olympic Games
After a year of postponement and months of uncertainty, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are finally underway. (No, that’s not a printing error – remember, this year’s games still carry last year’s mark.) Organizers in Japan spent months preparing for the arrival of 11,000 athletes from 200 countries and thousands of journalists, even as the country struggles to bring the novel coronavirus epidemics under control. As a precaution, spectators will not be allowed in the Olympic events. One of Japan’s top CEOs said the economic loss from this concession would be “huge”. The lack of domestic spectators could cost the Japanese economy $ 1.3 billion, according to an estimate by a Japanese economist. Meanwhile, a new Olympic host city has been announced: Brisbane, Australia, will host the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2032.
Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions for the first time in 50 years
Such a victory is worth the wait.
Ice T’s little lookalike girl tells jokes (in a good mood) on the internet
“What happens when you order a little Ice T,” one person said.
Taco Bell is the latest fast food place to face a food shortage
Panic! At Drive Thru.
HIV-positive man disguises himself as a woman to board the plane
Yeah… don’t do that.
6 Polish swimmers fired from Tokyo over administrative error
The agony of defeat has nothing to do with the agony of administrative error.
THE NUMBER OF THE DAY
56 000 $
This is the price of the new Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm per person per year. Multiplied by even a small fraction of the roughly 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, the high cost of the drug could dramatically alter the economics of Medicare.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Sen. Paul, you don’t know what you’re talking about, quite frankly. And I want to say it officially. “
Dr Anthony Fauci, responding to Rand Paul’s unfounded claims that the National Institutes of Health played a role in funding the research that led to the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic. The tense exchange took place at a hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill.
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Ahh, this is the place!
You just know this Yukon grizzly is in heaven scratching at that fragrant post. (Click here to view.)