THURSDAY - 12/17/20
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Stimulus checks expected to be included in new coronavirus relief package

  • Lawmakers are nearing a nearly $900 billion stimulus package that could pass in both the House and Senate within days
  • The new deal is expected to include a new round of stimulus checks around $600 per individual, support federal unemployment insurance benefits, and provide some relief to state and local governments


Paris city hall fined for hiring too many women

  • In 2018, 11 women and five men were appointed senior officials in Paris’s city hall, violating a 2013 French law requiring a minimum of 40% of government appointments for each gender, leading to a 90,000 euro fine
  • In a council meeting on Tuesday, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called the fine “absurd” and “irresponsible,” stating she would deliver the check to the Ministry of Public Service herself


Roku to begin supporting HBO Max 

  • On Wednesday, WarnerMedia secured a deal with streaming service Roku to allow HBO Max to be available on Roku devices, ending a months-long standoff between the two companies
  • The deal was vital to WarnerMedia’s drive for new subscribers to HBO Max after WarnerMedia announced earlier that all 2021 Warner Bros. movies would be available to stream on HBO Max the same day as their theatrical release– including anticipated films like Matrix 4, Wonder Woman 1984, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and In the Heights


Twitch to ban certain words 

  • On Wednesday, Twitch COO Sara Clemens announced updates to the game streaming service’s harassment policy that included banning the words ‘simp,’ ‘incel,’ and ‘virgin’ from being used as insults
  • Twitch’s overhaul of its harassment policy comes after users criticized the service for ignoring numerous reports of sexual harassment

US 🦅

Biden selects Brenda Mallory to lead White House Council on Environmental Quality

  • On Wednesday, multiple outlets reported President-elect Biden will select Brenda Mallory to lead the Council on Environmental Quality. The CEQ has a wide purview over how the federal government evaluates environmental impacts of major projects, policies and land-use decisions
  • Mallory is currently the director of regulatory policy at the Southern Environmental Law Center and previously served as the CEQ’s general counsel during the Obama administration


Pence and Biden to receive coronavirus vaccine

  • Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence are set to receive a coronavirus vaccine on Friday, while President-elect Joe Biden is expected to be vaccinated as soon as next week
  • The Pences plan to be joined by Surgeon General Jerome Adams in a public event in hopes of promoting the safety of the vaccine and restore “confidence among the American people”
  • Other top political figures– including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama– have indicated their intention to receive the vaccine. President Trump will not receive the vaccine until it is recommended by the White House medical team 


  • Sports ⚾️. MLB reclassifies Negro League to Major League status 
  • Environment 🌲. UK ruling records air pollution as cause of 9-year-old’s death
  • Politics 📰. Pete Buttigieg becomes first openly gay man to be nominated for presidential cabinet position
  • Inspiring 😊. MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, donates $4.2B to 384 organizations
  • Heartwarming ❤️. Despite being remote, Jefferson County Superintendent closes schools to allow students to enjoy snow

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