- 1. The World Health Organization’s emergency committee will meet earlier to discuss the new coronavirus variants from South Africa and Britain that have rapidly spread to at least 50 countries and sparked widespread alarm (ABC News)
- 2. President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $415 billion plan to fight the coronavirus, including $20 billion for vaccines (The Hill News)
- 3. The scarring on some coronavirus survivors’ lungs is worse than in those who smoke, a trauma surgeon in Texas (Fox News)
- 4. Federal officials will require all international travelers flying to the United States to show proof they have tested negative for the coronavirus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials announced Tuesday.
- 5. More than 11 million Americans have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is endorsing Terry McAuliffe’s campaign in a very crowded Democratic primary that will winnow the field of those seeking to be the next governor of Virginia (Axios).
2. The New York state attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the NYPD, alleging repeated “illegal and harmful conduct” during racial justice protests this summer and in years prior(CBS News).
3. Nine former Michigan officials, including ex-Gov. Rick Snyder,62 was charged Thursday in connection with the Flint water crisis in a case one prosecutor said was about “finally, finally, finally holding people accountable” (NBC News).
4. The Arizona Republican Party will vote on a measure to censure Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, on Jan. 23, in part because of her support for President-elect Joe Biden and for same-sex marriage (NBC News).
5. F.B.I. Urges Police Chiefs Across the U.S. to be on high alert threats.
- 1. President-Elect Joe Biden Unveiled President-elect Biden announces his $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” which includes $1400 stimulus checks.
- 2. Jeff Bezos’ private space company Blue Origin aims to carry its first passengers on a ride to the edge of space as earlier as April (CNBC).
- 3. Amazon.com Inc was slapped with a class-action lawsuit on Thursday accusing the e-commerce giant of inflating the prices of ebooks in collusion with some publishers (Reuters).
- 4. The Trump administration on Thursday added nine Chinese firms to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, including planemaker Comac and mobile phone maker Xiaomi (Reuters)
- 5. The latest weekly initial jobless claims soared to 965,000 last week, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Labor (NBC News)
The fallout of the chaos in Washington
- 1. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proposed a new rule that would fine members $5,000 for a first-time offense and $10,000 for a second who do not follow new security protocols, including walking through a metal detector, in the wake of the deadly U.S. Capitol riot (US Today)
- 2. President-elect Joe Biden will no longer take the Amtrak to Washington next week to be sworn in as president (CNN).
- 3. Democratic leaders from North Carolina’s western most district have called for the expulsion of freshmen GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn, for inciting the “insurrection” on the U.S. Capitol last week (Fox News)
- 4. Congress is calling on the Pentagon to police its troops for white extremism, demanding an investigation to determine the extent that white supremacist ideology has infected the ranks in light of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol (USA Today)
- 5. The FBI is warning law enforcement across the country that groups are calling for the “storming” of federal, state, and local courthouses in all 50 states if President Trump is removed from office prior to Inauguration Day on January 20.
- 1.A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island killed at least seven people, injured hundreds, and damaged many buildings (Reuters)
- 2. North Korea has included a developmental ballistic missile designed for launch from submarines in the military hardware put on a show at a parade that punctuated leader Kim Jong-un’s (The Guardian)
- 3. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday after Luxembourg’s foreign minister and top European Union officials declined to meet with him.
- 4. Indonesian divers close to finding the cockpit voice recorder of a Sriwijaya Air jet.
- 5. Japan set to expand state of emergency, public cools to Olympics.