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5 things to know before November 18: Opioids, Congress, gas prices, Covid-19, Olympics

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1. Opioid Crisis

More than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in the US between May 2020 and April 2021, preliminary data from the CDC shows. That is the deadliest year on record for America’s drug epidemic and represents a 28.5% increase from the same period a year earlier. Drug deaths have nearly doubled in the past five years. Synthetic opioids remain the leading cause, accounting for nearly two-thirds of drug deaths in the past 12 months. The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the historic and deadly turnout, experts say. So has the increased use of fentanyl, a stronger and faster-acting drug than natural opiates. President Biden lamented the new data, saying, “We cannot overlook this loss epidemic.” Last month, the Biden administration released its plan to fight drug overdose, including tackling opioid prescription practices and removing barriers to treatment.

2. Congress

Republican Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger broke ranks yesterday to join all Democrats in voting for a resolution that both reprimanded GOP Representative Paul Gosar and stripped him of his two committee duties. The vote came after Gosar posted a Photoshopped anime video to his social media accounts, which showed him appearing to kill Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attack Biden. The move is a huge rebuke to Gosar and underscores the rift between Cheney and Kinzinger and their GOP colleagues. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy accused Democrats of hypocrisy over the move and suggested Republicans would use similar actions to reprimand Democrats if they regain the majority in next year’s midterm elections. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Republicans are “free to do that” if they regain control of the House.

3. Gas Prices

Biden has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether illegal activities by oil and gas companies are driving up prices at the pump. Biden claimed in his request that costs for oil and gas companies are falling, while gas prices are rising. Prices have indeed reached record levels in some parts of the country, and while the investigation into the case won’t provide immediate relief, it could offer long-term solutions if evidence of wrongdoing is found. The oil industry has reversed the investigation, calling it a “distraction.” A recent surge in crude oil supply could also soon provide some gas price relief for the US and parts of Europe.

4. Coronavirus

We already know that flu season could complicate recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. But experts are now pointing out that a flu pandemic, such as the one that killed at least 50 million people worldwide in 1918 and 1919, could be even worse than Covid-19 if the world is not prepared. In a series of reports, the National Academy of Medicine said next-generation vaccines and other safety measures should be started now to prevent another catastrophe. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is trying to boost production of Covid-19 vaccines to increase global supply, especially in developing countries. And the functional definition of “fully vaccinated” may soon change, now that the first full rounds of vaccinations have worked out. The UK has already said a “fully vaccinated” vaccine status could soon include a booster dose, and other European countries are following suit.

5. Olympic Games

The Biden administration is about to implement a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang province. If it happened, no government officials would attend the games, although American athletes would still participate. Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have called for a diplomatic boycott, and Biden is already expected to pass an agreement. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said the US is in talks with allies about their participation. China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims is a matter of great concern to the international community, and a diplomatic disapproval would rob China and its president Xi Jinping of the usual display of international leadership that comes with hosting the Olympics. The games are set to run from February 4 to 20.

BREAKFAST LEAVES

‘Tiger King 2’ is not grr-reat

Well, it’s hard to… unique experience of the original.

Adele Debuts Devastating New Song ‘To Be Loved’

Adele, we can’t have much more from this!!!

TJ Maxx raises the prices of a number of luxury brands

Wait, we just want look luxury. We do not want Pay luxury.

Los Angeles Staples Center Becomes the Crypto.com Arena

It really rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

Tourists break into Rome’s Colosseum to drink beer

“Aren’t you having a good time?!”

HAPPEN LATER

Biden will convene a summit of North American leaders in the White House today. The meeting between the US, Mexico and Canada is known as the “Three Amigos” summit, and this is the first time since 2016.
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Two men convicted of the 1965 murder of Malcolm X must be acquitted after more than half a century, their lawyers say. The lawyers say they will file a joint motion today to lift the 1966 convictions.

TODAY’S NUMBER

10,000

That’s roughly how many John Deere workers will end a five-week strike and go back to work after voting nearly 2-to-1 on an offer very similar to the one they turned down early this month. The United Auto Workers union announced that 61% of its members voted at Deere for what the company described as the latest and greatest offer.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“We arrived in Spain alive, healthy and with our ideas intact.”

Cuban activist Yunior Garcia Aguilera, who arrived in Spain with his wife on a tourist visa. Garcia Aguilera, organizer of protests thwarted by Cuban police, had not been seen since a mob of hard-line pro-government supporters surrounded his home on Sunday.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

It is the excellent hour

I have a working playlist of songs that make me cry in the car. Reynaldo Hahn’s “L’heure exquise” tops the list – this version specifically, performed to divine perfection by Susan Graham. Really, there are no words. (Click here to view.)