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- Rep. Deb Haaland

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Key takeaways from Monday's Senate hearing on Supreme Court nominee

  •  The first day of confirmation hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee comes to an end. Here are five key takeaways:
    • Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) highlighted that no one on the committee is going to change their vote based on the hearings
    • Democrats attempted to make a case for protecting healthcare and the Affordable Care Act
    • Republicans used their opening statements to criticize Democrats for raising questions regarding Barrett’s Catholic faith and her association with the Christian group People of Praise
    • A coronavirus threat remained over the hearing as two Republican senators that tested positive were on the Judiciary Committee
    • The hearing ended with Barrett giving her opening statement in which she emphasized her experience clerking for the late Justice Antonin Scalia

Multiple Perspectives: 
New York Post: Democrats don’t dare say why they oppose Judge Barrett, so they lie instead
Huff Post: GOP Senator Diagnosed With COVID-19 Attends Barrett Hearing Sans Mask


UK announces new set of lockdown rules for coronavirus hot spots

  • The UK has announced a three-tier system for local lockdowns in England
  • Areas in the ‘very high’ tier will ban household mixing, close pubs and bars, and advise people not to travel outside the area
  • Areas in the ‘high’ tier will ban household mixing indoors
  • Areas in the ‘medium’ tier will continue national social-distancing rules, the ‘rule of six,’ and a 10 pm hospitality curfew

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Johnson & Johnson pauses Covid-19 vaccine trial

  • Johnson & Johnson has paused the clinical trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine due to an unexplained illness in one of its participants
  • The company did not specify what the illness was, but the purpose of clinical trials is to identify potential side effects of the vaccine
  • Trials are typically paused if side effects appear in order to determine whether they are linked to the vaccine or a coincidence


Disney to refocus entertainment division on streaming

  • Disney plans to reorganize its media and entertainment divisions
  • With plans to boost its direct-to-consumer strategy, the company will centralize its media business into a single division that will handle content distribution, ad sales, and Disney+
  • The change is driven by the pandemic’s crippling of its theatrical business and shift towards streaming options


OnePlus co-founder leaves company

  • OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has left the company according to recent reports
  • Pei’s departure comes following the launch of the OnePlus Nord and just before the launch of its next flagship device, the OnePlus 8T
  • Pei, who started OnePlus with Pete Lau in 2013, is supposedly leaving to start a new venture


Lakers defeat the Heat to win record-tying 17th NBA title

  • The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 to win the 2020 NBA Championship led by Finals MVP LeBron James
  • The win marks the 17th title for the franchise, which ties them with the Boston Celtics for most all time
  • LeBron James won his fourth championship and fourth Finals MVP in this 10th NBA Finals


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