5 Things To Know In America Now: December 2nd, 2020

Every day we curate the top trending stories in America and summarized them for easy digestion.

Coronavirus

  1. The first shipments of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine will be delivered on December 15 and the first shipment of Moderna’s vaccine will be delivered on December 22. Pending the decision by the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize each vaccine for emergency use
  2. Health care workers and residents of long term care facilities to be first-line for any coronavirus vaccines.
  3. More than 4.4 million new infection cases were reported in November.
  4. Pressure is building on Capitol Hill for Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill.
  5. CDC will cut the quarantine time for Covid-19 exposure from 14 days to 10 days.
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Politics

  1. Trump has raised $170 million since Election Day. But much of the money (25%) has paid down campaign debt, replenished the Republican National Committee, and, more recently, helped get Save America (75%), a new political action committee Trump founded, off the ground.
  2. The justice department is investigating a potential “bribery-for-pardon” scheme in which large political contribution would be offered in exchange for a Presidential pardon by the white house, according to court records unsealed Tuesday. 
  3. Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor (U.S. Attorney John Durham) he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, granting him authority to complete the work without being easily fired. Durham’s investigation focuses more on the conduct of FBI agents who worked on the Russia investigation, known by the code name of Crossfire Hurricane.
  4. President-elect Joe Biden introduced key members of his economic team.:

Janet Yellen, selected for Treasury secretary
Neera Tanden picked for the Office of Management and Budget.
Wally Adeyemo tapped as deputy secretary of the Treasury
Cecilia Rouse, nominee for Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, both named as members of the council.

5. Starbucks offering free coffee Starting Tuesday through New Year’s Eve to doctors, pharmacists, firefighters, mental health workers, and more. Hospital staff, such as security or housekeeping staff, and active-duty military are also included.

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Sports

  1. The United States Soccer Federation and the US Women’s National Team have reached a deal resolving the unequal working conditions claim that the USWNT put forth as part of a larger lawsuit from March 2019, which claims the women were paid less than the men’s team and were also subjected to unequal conditions.
  2. NBA tentative Christmas schedule

New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat, 12 p.m. ET
Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks, 2:30 p.m. ET
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics, 5 p.m. ET
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers, 8 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. ET

3. 2020-21 UEFA Champions League scores

Lokomotiv Moscow: 1 Red Bull Salzburg: 3
Shakhtar: 2 Real Madrid: 0
Atletico Madrid: 1 Bayern Munich: 1
Borussia Monchengladbach: 2 Inter Milan: 3
Porto: 0 Manchester City: 0
Marseille: 2 Olympiacos: 1
Liverpool: 1 Ajax: 0
Atalanta: 1 Midtjylland:

4. The  LA Clippers are waiving two-time All-Star center Joakim Noah, signaling a likely end to his 13-year NBA career, his agent, Bill Duffy, told ESPN. 

5. Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Tuesday that the upcoming NBA season will indicate how much of a long-term problem Kemba Walker’s left knee will be moving forward. 

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Business

  1. Salesforce to Acquire Slack for $27.7 Billion through a combination of cash and stock. Salesforce is purchasing Slack for $26.79 a share and .0776 shares of Salesforce, according to a statement.
  2. Black Friday was the second-largest online spending day in U.S. history.
  3. Nasdaq filed a proposal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday that would require all companies listed on its U.S. stock exchange to publicly disclose the diversity statistics of its board of directors. Moreover, the new rules would require companies on the stock exchange to have at least one woman director and one who self-identifies as an “underrepresented minority” or member of the LGBTQ community — or face possible delisting.
  4. Amazon to roll out tools to monitor factory workers and machines with a combination of sensor and computer vision hardware. 
  5. BlackBerry shares shot up in early trading on news that the company will partner with Amazon Web Services to jointly develop and market its vehicle data integration and monitoring platform, IVY.

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