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Nov 15, 2021
The COP26 climate summit is over and the world has little to show for it. In the U.K., a mysterious explosion raised concerns over terrorism. President Joe Biden is ready to move forward with his American infrastructure plan under new leadership. And Trump International Hotel in Washington is no more, as an investment fund that bought the property plans to strip the building of its Trump branding. All this and more in today’s Presidential Daily Brief.
1 - Weekend Deal May Not Heal
Was Saturday’s COP26 climate deal too big a compromise?
The United Nations set three goals for the COP26 summit ... and not one was achieved. “Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread. We are still knocking on the door of climate catastrophe,” said U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, reflecting the general feeling in Glasgow this past weekend, when the countries in attendance signed a watered-down agreement on combating climate change. Of greatest disappointment to many was the summit’s failure to commit to phasing out coal, the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. “We did not achieve these goals at this conference, but we have some building blocks for progress,” said Guterres. (Source: AP)
2 - Terror in Liverpool
Three arrested in deadly explosion outside hospital
Just as the nation was about to observe a two-minute silence marking Remembrance Day, a taxi carrying one passenger exploded outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, killing the passenger and wounding the driver, who is in stable condition. Three men were immediately arrested after the blast, as police investigate the incident as a possible terrorist attack. Large areas of the surrounding community have been placed under surveillance, and some residents have been evacuated, as police carry out raids on properties with suspected connections to the three men. (Source: BBC)
3 - New Leader for Infrastructure
Former New Orleans mayor appointed to implement infrastructure plan
President Biden appointed Mitch Landrieu yesterday to oversee the execution of his $1.2 trillion infrastructure overhaul bill, which will be signed into law later today. Landrieu, who saw New Orleans through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will be in charge of upgrading roads, bridges, rail and high-speed internet, among other duties. The White House chose Landrieu partly because of his national renown “for bringing communities together and making racial equity a chief priority.” With this comprehensive vision for American infrastructure, Biden hopes to both combat climate change and address racial equity in urban planning. (Source: Axios)
4 - Trump Tossed from Washington
Trump International Hotel sold and name to be stripped from the building
CGI Merchant Group, a Miami-based investment fund, has purchased the lease to Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel for $375 million. The hotel, a short walk from the White House, will be rebranded as a Waldorf Astoria in a partnership deal between CGI and Hilton Worldwide Holdings. The House Oversight Committee released documents last month that confirmed the hotel’s loss of $70 million while Trump was in office, contradicting the ex-President’s persistent claims of tens of millions in profits. The impending sale will result in a significant profit for Trump. (Sources: CNN, NYT)
5 - Briefly
Here are some things you should know about today:
Death toll from the Astroworld crowd surge reaches 10. Nine-year-old Ezra Blount has died after sustaining injuries at the tragic concert. (Source: TheHill) Biden expects passage of his $1.85 trillion domestic policy package this week. The announcement comes after weeks of delays and downsizing of the ambitious proposal due to Democratic infighting. (Source: AP) Austria implements lockdown for its unvaccinated. The news comes after Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and some German states implement restrictions on their unvaccinated populations. (Source: Axios)
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1 - The Queen is Out
Queen Elizabeth II sprains back, misses Remembrance Sunday service
The 95-year-old monarch has missed several events in recent weeks, deepening fears for her health. Remembrance Sunday, a day to memorialize fallen servicemen and women, is of greatest importance to the queen, who served as a mechanic and army driver during World War II. “Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service,” officials said in a statement released only hours before the ceremony. This latest health concern comes a month after the queen spent a night in a London Hospital for medical testing for the first time in eight years. Doctors recommended the queen take two weeks of rest. (Sources: NPR, NYT)
2 - Mako Meets New York
Former princess of Japan Mako leaves Tokyo for the Big Apple
By marrying commoner Kei Komuro, Princess Mako has forfeited her royal status, according to Japanese law. Since announcing their engagement four years ago, the college sweethearts have faced such harassment by the tabloids that Mako developed post-traumatic stress disorder, said the Imperial Household. The couple will start their new life in New York City, where Mako is expected to find a job while Mr. Komuro continues his work in a law firm. Mako is the first female royal family member to decline a royal wedding and the customary payout women receive upon departure from the royal family. (Source: BBC)
3 - Musk vs. Sanders
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spar
“We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period,” Sanders tweeted on Sunday. “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive,” Musk responded to the 80-year-old senator. Musk, the world’s richest person, has paid little to no taxes on his earnings. But that changed last Saturday when he answered a Twitter poll by selling off 10% of his shares in Tesla, which will eventually total 17 million shares. Tesla’s stock price dipped due to the sale, but Musk seems undaunted. He is conveniently unloading his shares when Tesla is listed at an all-time market high. (Source: Reuters)
4 - Scorpion Invasion
Three dead and hundreds injured in Egyptian rain and arachnid deluge
Foul weather in the southern city of Aswan, Egypt, drove hordes of scorpions out of their nests and into the street and homes last week. So far, three people have died and 450 have been injured as a result of stings from the Egyptian fat-tailed scorpion, among the deadliest in the world. Victims are being treated with antivenom, while residents are being urged to stay inside and local governments have closed highways and restricted traffic due to the rain. The situation is so dire that vacationing medical officials were asked to return to handle the surge in patients. (Source: NPR)
5 - Steph Steps Ahead
NBA superstar Steph Curry overtakes Ray Allen for most three-pointers
Golden State Warriors Steph Curry made NBA history on Friday. The point guard connected nine of his 17 three-pointers in a game against the Chicago Bulls for a career total of 3,366, beating out Ray Allen's previous 3,358.The win marked Curry's second record breaker in a week. Earlier, the NBA superstar surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the oldest player to record 50 points and 10 assists in a single game. This was the 52nd time Curry has scored at least 40 points in a game, helping the Warriors off to a searing season, with a stellar 11-1 record. (Source: CNN Sports)
Grace and Gratitude
As we enter the holiday season, we’d love to hear what you’re grateful for or what makes you smile. We’ll be sharing your thoughts in our Grace and Gratitude Corner.
“Your daily illumination of what matters is very helpful. Meanwhile, with all the ugliness everywhere in the world, I am hopeful that the net result of all the pandemic quarantine and life restrictions is a return to concern and care for one another. I want people to smile at strangers and open doors and let a car enter a busy line of traffic. All little things, but I think it would help.” — Jim F
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