5 Top Trending News December 19th,2020

Every day we curate the top trending stories and news in America and summarize them for easy digestion. Here are 5 top trending news today December 20th, 2020.

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Coronavirus

  1. Army General Gustave Perna, the chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, acknowledged on Saturday there was a “miscommunication” with states about doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. In California, the wealthiest are offering up to $25,000 to cut the line for the coronavirus vaccine shot.
  3. London and the U.K.’s southeast to go in harsher lockdown in an attempt to control a fast-spreading new strain of the coronavirus.
  4. According to the CDC, more than 272 000 people have gotten the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine
  5. England’s top medical officer on Saturday announced that the U.K. has identified a new variant of the coronavirus that “can spread more quickly” than prior strains of the virus.

“We’re learning about it as we go, but we already know enough, more than enough, to be sure that we must act now,” Johnson said during a press briefing on Saturday. 

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Politics

  1. Rudy Giuliani called Ken Cuccinelli, second in command at the Department of Homeland Security, on Thursday night and asked him whether DHS could seize voting machines.
  2. Senators reach a deal on Saturday night to curtail the Federal Reserve’s special lending authorities, setting the stage for a coronavirus relief deal.
  3. A Boston police sergeant was put on leave amid an investigation into law enforcement’s conduct during protests against racial injustice and the death of George Floyd.
  4. President Trump on Friday discussed the idea of naming Sidney Powell, an attorney once associated with his campaign, to the position of special counsel for an investigation into alleged voter fraud and the 2020 election,
  5. President Donald Trump on Saturday downplayed the hacking campaign.

“The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of… discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!),” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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Business

  1. Apple has temporarily closed all 53 of its retail stores in California because of coronavirus surge. 
  2. The Trump administration has put 60 Chinese companies including Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and DJI, the drone maker, on a US export blacklist.
  3. The New York Times on Friday said it would return its 2018 Peabody Award for its “Caliphate” podcast, hours after the paper conceded that large parts of the audio series didn’t meet its editorial standards.
  4. The dollar is close to hitting its weakest level in six years.
  5. Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to sell its private student loan portfolio to investors, with Firstmark, a division of Nelnet Inc. 
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