5 Things To Know In America Now: December 10 th,2020

Coronavirus

  1. The FDA advisory committee is meeting today to discuss the findings in the vaccine and vote for the emergency authorization use.
  2. Arnie Robinson Jr., one of the greatest long jumpers in history, an Olympic gold medalist and a track and field Hall of Famer, died after testing positive for COVID-19, his family said. He was 72
  3. Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that Congress is “close” to reaching a deal on a coronavirus relief proposal, as bipartisan talks continue.
  4. Many hospitals around the country are near a breaking point as coronavirus cases continue to rise. David Begnaud has more on the post-Thanksgiving strain.
  5. The U.S. recorded more than 3,000 new coronavirus related deaths Wednesday, a single-day record, according to reports.
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Politics

  1. The president-elect’s son, Hunter Biden, announced on Wednesday that his taxes are under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware.
  2. Republican attorneys general from 17 states filed in support of Texas, as did a group of conservative lawyers and personalities.
  3. President-elect Joe Biden will travel to Georgia on Tuesday, Dec. 15 to campaign for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in their Senate runoff races, the Biden transition has announced. The Senate runoff races would decide the control of the senate.
  4. President-elect Joe Biden has selected Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to lead his Domestic Policy Council
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield instructed staff to delete an email from a Trump political appointee seeking control over the agency’s scientific reports on the pandemic, a senior CDC official told congressional investigators this week.
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Business

  • 853,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Labor Department reported Thursday. It was the largest number of claims since mid-September.
  • Airbnb is poised to begin trading on the Nasdaq on Thursday under the stock ticker “ABNB.” The company priced its initial public offering at $68 a share on Wednesday, valuing the company at $47 billion.
  • The states’ lawsuit, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, the federal government, and 46 state attorneys general are accusing Facebook of squashing potential rivals by buying up smaller competitors and closing off its platform to developers of apps it perceived as a threat. In the process, it weakened privacy protections for its users, she said.
  • An annual China-Europe trade forum was quietly canceled last month after European organizers rejected Chinese demands to ban participants critical of Beijing.
  • Ghost kitchens [delivery-focused-kitchen] are popping up all over the U.S. as food delivery soars and dining at restaurants plummets amid the pandemic.

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