Tuesday - 12/29/20
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House overrides Trump veto of defense bill

  • The House of Representatives voted to overrule Trump’s veto of the defense bill titled National Defense Authorization Act
  • The bill previously passed both the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities
  • The $740 billion bill calls for pay raises for American soldiers, equipment improvements, and greater scrutiny prior to troop withdrawals


South Korea confirms first cases of COVID-19 variant

  • South Korea has confirmed the first case of a more contagious Covid-19 variant originally discovered in the UK
  • The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency stated that they have confirmed that the 3 cases are a family of 3 that arrived in South Korea on December 22
  • They arrived in South Korea a day before air travel from Britain was stopped


U.S. stock futures rise

  • US stock futures climbed Monday night following a rally during the day
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded 84 points higher and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures gained 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively
  • The gains were driven by President Trump signing a $900 billion coronavirus relief package into law


Voat shuts down

  • Voat, a smaller alternative to Reddit, shut down on December 25th citing a lack of funding
  • Voat initially launched in 2014 as an alternative to Reddit dedicated to ‘free speech’, including explicit hate speech, extreme right-wing content, and racism
  • It gained traction in 2015 following Reddit’s ban on several explicitly racist subreddits from its platform

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Police officer who killed Andre Hill fired

  • Adam Coy, the Columbus, Ohio, police officer who shot and killed Andre Hill has been fired
  • Coy’s firing follows a disciplinary hearing that was help on Monday
  • Coy shot and killed Andre Hill, a black man, last Tuesday within a few seconds of their encounter according to bodycam footage


Russia acknowledges world's third-worst Covid-19 death toll

  • Russia has confirmed that its death toll is more than three times higher than what was previously reported
  • Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has boasted his country’s low fatality rate claiming that they had done a better job at managing the pandemic than other countries
  • On Monday, Russian officials admitted to reports that claimed the government was down playing the country’s outbreak


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