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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. Another election day.
Georgia voters vote for two senators who will decide which party controls the Senate – and how far President-elect Joe Biden can stand on his agenda. If both Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeat Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Democrats would control the chamber.
The polls close at 7 p.m. East. Tuesday’s race results are expected to be in much sooner than the president’s results, which included two recounts in Georgia. It is possible – but certainly not guaranteed – that we know who won on Tuesday evening or very early on Wednesday. Voting in Marietta above.
2. President Trump has falsely alleged that Vice President Mike Pence has the power to reject voters if the electoral college vote is confirmed on Wednesday.
Mr Trump has been urging Mr Pence for days to use his procedural role as President of the Senate to change the outcome of the election and overturn the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. However, the Constitution says that the Vice President’s only role in this case is to confirm the electoral college’s vote count, and legal experts say Mr Pence has no authority to change the votes.
Mr Pence’s aides have said that he will obey the provisions of the constitution. The joint congress session begins at 1 p.m. East.
Washington is on the verge. Local authorities are warning residents of this Avoid potentially violent protesters who are expected to congregate downtown to reinforce Mr Trump’s false claims about election fraud. Several hundred National Guard members are expected to be present at the rallies and additional security teams are on standby.
3. A prosecutor declined to bring charges against Rusten Sheskey above the officer who shot Jacob Blake in front of a residential building in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August.
Mr. Blake, a 29 year old black man, was partially paralyzed after a white policeman shot him in the back. The episode sparked protests and riots, and made Kenosha an immediate focal point in a summer of riot that began with the assassination of George Floyd.
The city council unanimously passed a letter of urgency on Monday that would allow the mayor to put in place a curfew once the district attorney publishes his indictment ruling. Preventive barricades were erected around the courthouse. The streets in the area were closed and the shops boarded up.
4. Vaccination trips around the world are slow.
There is a shortage of needles in Italy, Greece and other countries. Spain up in Pamplona has not trained enough nurses. France has managed to vaccinate only about 2,000 people. Almost every country in Europe has complained about tedious paperwork. And the threat from the rapidly spreading coronavirus variant is Adding an extra urgency to an already daunting challenge.
Dr. Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, admitted vaccination was slow in the US and warned states not to let priority guidelines slow vaccination.
Separately, scientists are studying vaccine data to see if cutting the doses in half can double Moderna supplies. This could help increase vaccine supplies. However, the research could take about two months.
5. The situation in California is dire.
The state’s daily coronavirus case is high are about four times what they were during the state’s summer hike, and officials predict the aftermath of a December hike related to holiday gatherings will make matters worse. Governor Gavin Newsom called it “a wave upon a wave”. Above Huntington Park, California.
The state is also facing a lack of oxygen for patients who have difficulty breathing. E.M.S. The agency issued guidelines to rescue workers for administering the “minimum amount of oxygen required” to keep patient oxygen saturation at or just over 90 percent. (Levels in their low 90s or below are an issue for people with Covid-19.)
The Grammy Awards due to be presented this month have been delayed as the coronavirus spreads rapidly in the Los Angeles area.
6. The Trump administration has gutted protection a farewell gift for migratory birds for the oil and gas industry.
As part of a move that changes the way the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act is implemented, businesses will will not be held liable for the killing of migratory birds unless their actions were intended. The bill formed part of the basis for a $ 100 million settlement with BP for the deaths of more than a million birds in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.
The election of President-elect Joe Biden as home secretary, Representative Deb Haaland, is expected to overturn the measure, and the Biden administration has pledged to suspend and reverse many of the Trump administration’s last-minute rule changes. However, legal experts said reversing the measures wasn’t a quick or easy process.
7. Tanya Roberts, a former girl of Charlie’s Angel and Bond, died Monday night. She was 65 years old.
The actress with the breathless voice rose to fame in the 1980s as a detective on Charlie’s Angels and as a brave earth scientist in the James Bond film A View to a Kill, pictured above with Roger Moore in the spotlight in 1985, until it reappeared in 1998 on the sitcom That ’70s Show.
Your publicist did not name the cause of death, but said it was not Covid-19.
Miscommunication from her publicist resulted in erroneous reports of her previous death, which resulted in some news organizations posting premature obituaries about her.
8. “Bridgerton” pushes back against the racial homogeneity of dramas from the hit time like “Downton Abbey”. But like “Downton,” the core of the show is escapism, argues our reviewer.
The Netflix hit deviates from traditional casting in that it envisions a 19th-century Britain with black kings and aristocrats. While it can provide a blueprint for larger period dramas, Salamishah Tillet writes that in some ways it reinforces the very white privilege that it is trying to undercut.
“Bridgerton” is the first series Shonda Rhimes (of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”) produced as part of her Netflix deal. We spoke to the prolific showrunner last month.
And the newest lucrative frontier in the wellness boom: Hydration. The popularity of water with lemon has reached a fever level this year, along with purported nutritional supplements.
10. And finally: a touch of wanderlust (from your couch).
Cartagena has long been a top stop for international visitors to Colombia. They’re drawn to the city for a glimpse into its history (it was once one of Spain’s most lucrative outposts), but they fall in love with a lot more – the nightclubs, the seafood and fried goodies, and the magical realism that the Gabriel García makes inspired Marquez.
For our former 52-place traveler Sebastian Modak, the waters of Cartagena were “bluer than anything I’ve seen since”. We may not be able to go swimming, but he suggests a couple of ways to channel the magic of the city at home.
Have a dreamy night.
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