- Dr. Anthony Fauci received his first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday in a ceremonial event at the National Institutes of Health.
- This is the deadliest year in U.S. history mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic. That is according to CDC’s findings.
- The U.S. government is close to a deal to acquire tens of millions of additional doses of Pfizer’s vaccine.
- The new coronavirus strain could already be circulating in the United States without notice, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
- Covid-19 has finally reached Antarctica, making it the last continent to be affected by the pandemic.
- The White House said that Trump was granting full pardons to 15 people, and commuted part or all of the sentences of five others. Indeed, among those granted clemency were former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, former Republican Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York and four ex-Blackwater contractors convicted of killing Iraqi civilians.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday pausing the use of facial recognition technology at K-12 schools in the state for two years.
- Gov. Gavin Newsom tapped California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to succeed Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate.
- President Trump named Hope Hicks to be a member of the board overseeing the prestigious Fulbright scholarship
- President Trump on Tuesday blasted Congress over the already-passed COVID-19 relief package. In addition, the president called on both chambers to send him a new bill increasing stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 (direct payment) to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple,” Trump said in a video posted to Twitter showing him speaking from the White House.
“Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks,” Pelosi tweeted, placing the blame on GOP lawmakers. “At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!”
- The Justice Department sues retail giant Walmart. Because of its alleging role in fueling the opioid crisis.
- Elon Musk said that he previously reached out to Tim Cook. About, the possibility of Apple, buying Tesla. But that Mr. Cook refused to meet with him.
- Rosemary Vrablic, who oversaw hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to President Trump’s company, will leave the Deutsche Bank next week.
- Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO Brian Niccol said Tuesday that the company will “strongly encourage” employees to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
- Existing home sales decline for the first time in 5 months as prices rise and supply falls.
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