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New subpoenas are still coming in from the commission investigating the January 6 U.S. Capitol uprising. The panel announced ten more subpoenas yesterday, after six on Monday. These new subpoenas affect a range of high-profile officials who were close to Donald Trump during his presidency, including senior adviser Stephen Miller and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. (Here’s a breakdown of why each person is being called.) Meanwhile, a federal judge denied Trump’s attempt to withhold data from the commission, giving it access to hundreds of pages of documents from his tenure. The National Archives is expected to deliver a large number of call logs, video logs, schedules and notes to the House on Friday.
Despite persistent climate promises from world powers, the Earth is on track for warming at least 2.4 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030, according to a new analysis from the climate watchdog. Climate Action Tracker also found that while 40 countries’ net-zero targets represent 85% of global emissions reductions, only 6% of those were supported by concrete plans. Nevertheless, the climate talks in Scotland continue. COP26 delegates are now negotiating details of a Glasgow agreement to try to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. A separate global deal on electric vehicles was expected today, but faces resistance from the US, China and Germany.
The 13 Republicans who voted for President Biden’s $1.2 infrastructure bill face retaliation from their own party. Some conservative House Republicans have talked about starting their colleagues from committee positions, although it is unlikely they will succeed. Trump also criticized the group, calling them RINOs (“Republicans In Name Only,” a common GOP insult), and saying in a statement that anyone who “voted longevity Democrats should be ashamed of themselves.” Biden rebuked the GOP’s attempts at retaliation, saying he hopes to return to “courtesy.” While it could take years for some of the projects covered by the bill to get underway, the first funds could be released in the next six months, shocking a backlog of projects across the country.
As expected, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they are seeking an amendment to the FDA emergency authorization for their Covid-19 vaccine that would allow booster shots for anyone 18 and older. Federal health officials have repeatedly expressed concern about waning immunity as the US enters the winter months. The public also faces another dangerous pandemic obstacle: misinformation. Nearly 80% of Americans have been exposed to false claims about Covid-19, according to research data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, with the most common claim being that the government is exaggerating the number of deaths from Covid-19. About 3 in 10 respondents believed or were unsure about common vaccine misinformation regarding side effects.
Chinese President Xi Jinping says Beijing is ready to “enhance exchanges and cooperation across the board” with the US ahead of a virtual meeting with Biden scheduled for next week. Xi’s statements bring hope for a somewhat warming relationship between the two powers, which were often at odds. Domestically, China faces its own challenges. Inflation is raging there and the cost of goods leaving factories in China rose by a new record last month. Last week, China’s Ministry of Commerce ordered local governments to encourage families to stock up on food and daily necessities in the event of supply disruptions. Chinese consumers aren’t the only ones feeling the price pressure either. China’s role as the ‘factory of the world’ means that higher inflation there could lead to higher inflation worldwide.
Paul Rudd is the sexiest man in the world
Proof that a little humor is the most attractive quality of all.
Nobel laureate and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai is married
“Today is a precious day in my life,” she said. Congratulations on her!
Anchor Brian Williams Leaves MSNBC and NBC News
The 28-year veteran will sign off at the end of the year.
Even hot dogs, burgers and meats will soon become more expensive
No meat is spared!
Honeybees make a chilling warning sound when attacked by hive-destroying killer hornets
Well, here’s your horrifying fact for today.
That’s roughly the number of people who naturalized as U.S. citizens in fiscal year 2021. That’s the highest number in more than a decade and a huge rebound from the pandemic-stricken 2020 total.
“As you lay your flower, at Arlington we encourage you to reflect on the meaning of the tomb. By the simple act of laying a flower, you honor not only the three unknowns buried here, but all unknowns. or missing American servicemen who are the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.”
Tim Frank, historian of the Arlington National Cemetery. For the first time in nearly 100 years, members of the public can walk in the square of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before Veterans Day tomorrow and lay flowers in front of the sacred memorial site.
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