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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. The Christmas shopping season started with a bang. But only online.
Consumers spent $ 9 billion online on Friday, up 21.6 percent from Black Friday in 2019. The surge in online sales is expected to be topped today during Cyber Monday, a promotional event put together by internet retailers in 2005.
However, the physical stores seem to have had more of a “bleak Friday”. Much of consumer spending had gone online long before the pandemic, but the global health crisis is accelerating this trend.
The holiday shopping season comes at a critical time for the U.S. economy, which is struggling again as the number of coronavirus cases soars in colder weather.
2. Medical experts say The coming months “are going to be just terrible.”
Some say The coronavirus death toll through March could be nearly double the 250,000 number the U.S. topped just last week. Our epidemiological reporter Donald McNeil warns that, despite the advancement of vaccines and improved medical responses to the virus, public health policies remain a deeply annoying challenge.
3. The Republicans maintained their election challenges.
On December 8th, the nation’s voting results will be considered final.
Even so, the Republicans did last week Final efforts to stop or reverse the certification process in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (which approved their results today, as did Arizona). There are also two federal lawsuits pending in Michigan and Georgia. Above Joe Biden in September in Wisconsin.
And Republicans have at least one route to the highest court in the country: After the appeals court on Friday denied their attempts to stop or reverse certification of Pennsylvania’s findings, President Trump’s attorneys vowed to seek the Supreme Court for that Reconsider case.
4. The US markets ended November with big gains.
Even with a small drop today, the S&P 500 was up 10.8 percent in November. its best monthly graph since April and the index’s fourth-best month in 30 years. The Dow Jones industrial average recorded its largest monthly gain since 1987.
Bitcoin also set a record. The price of the cryptocurrency hit $ 19,850.11 almost three years after its last high. Bitcoin has risen since March after falling below $ 4,000 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the biggest retail collapses in the UK since the pandemic began, the Arcadia Group, which also includes clothing chain Topshop, has gone into administration, some form of bankruptcy.
A decision for the Trump administration would turn the agreement that the Census Bureau must count all residents, regardless of their immigration status ruled the census for more than two centuries.
The decision could shift political power from democratic states and districts to areas that are older, whiter, and typically more republican.
6. An army of angry farmers encircles New Delhi.
It is the tens of thousands of demonstrators, many of whom have traveled hundreds of kilometers with tractors and trailers upset with recent agricultural policies in India, where more than 60 percent of the population depend on agriculture for a living.
They dig in and get food, fuel, firewood and medical supplies to stay there for weeks. Above farmers on the border between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in Ghazipur.
Many farmers say the new rules that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government pushed through Parliament in September mark the beginning of the end of a decades-old system that guaranteed minimum prices for certain crops.
7. A drain for a home seat with inserts that couldn’t be much lower.
Two runoff elections in Georgia in January determine which party controls the US Senate. Then there’s the other Georgia drain.
Kwanza Hall and Robert Franklin, both Democrats, are fighting tomorrow for a term in the House of Representatives that ends January 3 at 12:00 noon. That means the winner won’t even spend a whole month in Congress and has no chance of renewal.
Still, the candidates say their offers are anything but trivial. The winner will be the final days of John Lewis ’17. Serving the term of tenure as Representative for Georgia Fifth District. Mr Lewis, the pioneering civil rights activist, died in July.
8. The Crown Prince of Japan has just approved his daughter’s marriage to a citizen. But there is a problem.
Princess Mako above right, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino, and Kei Komuro above left, an aspiring lawyer, have been engaged since 2017 and were expecting a marriage this year.
But in the remarks released today, the Crown Prince said that while he was respecting their association, The Japanese public appeared to be resisting, making it difficult to proceed with an official ceremony. He suggested that Mr. Komuro had not overcome concerns about his mother’s financial affairs.
The couple didn’t say when they plan to postpone the wedding.
9. Three of America’s most popular divas. Plus Paul.
In interviews, the vacation edition of T Magazine celebrates her courage and grace, as well as her musical catalogs. As a bonus, we offer your favorite performances on the screen.
And Times Magazine attended Paul McCartney, who spent Lockdown setting a new record, will be released in a matter of weeks.
“At no point did I think: I’m doing an album. I better be serious“, He tells us.” It was more like this: You are locked. You can do what the hell you want. ”
10. And finally: Cocktail mixes with taste.
The pandemic and the make-do-at-home culture it promotes are Getting thirsty consumers to rethink mixers, which are often reminiscent of manufactured drinks filled with artificial flavors and preservatives.
Now several companies are offering options with freshly squeezed juice, handmade syrups, and other natural ingredients.
“We know that people want to drink great cocktails,” said the founder of a modern mixer company. “We also know that not many people know how to do them well.”