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Dec 01, 2021
Markets continued to drop yesterday as anxiety over omicron rises. Honduras elected its first female president. The Supreme Court will hear the most important abortion case in a generation. A shooting at a Michigan high school left three dead and eight injured. And CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been suspended indefinitely after documents revealed the extent of his involvement in the defense of his brother, now ex-Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo. All this and more in today’s Presidential Daily Brief.
1 - Markets React
Markets dive as omicron anxiety sweeps the globe
International markets continued to dip after Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel expressed doubts about the vaccine’s efficacy against the new omicron variant, stating: “There is no world, I think, where [the effectiveness] is the same level.” Remarks earlier this week by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell may have also contributed to the drop. On Monday Powell suggested that the emergence of a new variant would exacerbate uncertainty around the recovery and signaled that the Fed may taper bond purchases more quickly, which is a first step toward raising interest rates. (Sources: BBC, Bloomberg)
2 - Heartbreak in Michigan
Three dead and eight injured after a shooting in Oxford, Michigan
A 15-year-old boy is in custody after a shooting Tuesday afternoon at a high school in Oxford, Michigan. The suspect allegedly fired 15 to 20 shots, killing students Tate Myre, 16; Hanna St. Julian, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17. According to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, it’s unclear whether there was a motive or whether any victims were specifically targeted. “My heart goes out to the families, this is an unimaginable tragedy,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. (Sources: CNN, WSJ)
3 - Suspended
CNN suspends star anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely
CNN indefinitely suspended star anchor Chris Cuomo after documents revealed the extent of his involvement in the defense of his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, following charges of sexual harassment earlier this year. Documents released by New York Attorney General Letitia James show that the anchor worked closely with the governor’s staff, helping to craft responses and pressing sources for information on the ex-governor’s accusers. The level of involvement was far more intimate than Chris Cuomo had previously disclosed to CNN executives, leading the network to suspend him indefinitely. (Sources: AP, CNBC)
4 - Change of Heart
Mark Meadows to cooperate with Capitol attack investigation
Earlier this month, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows defied a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Now, in the face of potential contempt charges, Meadows has begun engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney and will soon appear for his first deposition, according to a statement from committee Chair Bennie Thompson. Meadows’ about-face comes after former Trump aide Steve Bannon turned himself over to the FBI. (Sources: Axios, The Guardian)
5 - Briefly
Here are some things you should know about today:
The Supreme Court will hear arguments today in the most important abortion case in a generation. The court’s ruling, expected in June, could overturn Roe vs. Wade (Source: USA Today). Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot testifies in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. In his testimony, long-time pilot Larry Visoski recalled transporting Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Kevin Spacey on Epstein’s private plane (Source: BBC). Greece mandates COVID-19 vaccine for citizens aged 60 or older. Refusal to comply will result in a monthly fine of 100 euros, or around $114 (Source: NPR).
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1 - Women Rise
Honduras elects democratic socialist as its first female president
Democratic socialist Xiomara Castro is poised to become Honduras’s first female president after her main rival conceded Tuesday. The victory for Ms. Castro, 62, marks the left’s return to power after back-to-back terms by President Juan Orlando Hernández, who is widely disliked in Honduras for overseeing a rise in corruption, social unrest and mass migration to the U.S. Mr. Hernández is also being investigated by U.S. prosecutors for connections to drug trafficking. It remains unclear whether Hernández will be extradited to the U.S., but with a political rival soon to be in power, the prospect seems more likely. (Sources: WaPo, The Hill)
2 - 46 Years Later
Josephine Baker is first Black woman inducted into France’s pantheon
Josephine Baker, whose life spanned French music-hall stardom and American civil rights activism, yesterday became the first Black woman to be inducted into the Panthéon, the nation’s hallowed tomb of heroes. Forty-six years after her death, soldiers carried a coffin draped in the French Flag to the mausoleum, where Ms. Baker joined 75 men and five women, including the scientist Marie Curie. At a time of tension among races and genders in France and between France and the U.S., President Emmanuel Macron chose to honor Ms. Baker as a woman with “every form of courage and audacity” and “an American who found refuge in Paris and captured what it is to be French.” (Sources: NYT, WaPo)
3 - Celebrity Candidate
Dr. Oz runs for office in Pennsylvania
Dr. Mehmet Oz, who hosts the popular “Dr. Oz Show,” will run to replace Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, according to an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative Washington Examiner. The 61-year-old Oz will join a crowded race recently shaken up by the departure of Sean Parnell, who had been endorsed by President Trump. Dr. Oz, an Ohio native and cardiothoracic surgeon, rose to fame as a frequent guest of Oprah Winfrey, eventually launching his own syndicated daytime TV talk show in 2009. (Source: The Hill)
4 - A Weak Apology
Alice Sebold apologizes to man falsely convicted of her rape
Alice Sebold, author of “Lucky” and “The Lovely Bones,” apologized to a man who last week was exonerated of her rape, but appeared to place as much blame on a "flawed legal system" as she placed on the role she played in his conviction. In a statement posted on Medium.com, the author noted that “systemic issues in our judicial system [...] were not a debate, or a conversation, or even a whisper when I reported my rape in 1981.” Broadwater, who is Black and has always maintained his innocence, was convicted of the rape and spent 16 years in prison after Sebold identified him as her assailant in court. He was denied parole because he wouldn't admit to a crime he didn't commit, according to his attorneys. (Source: CNN)
5 - Better Late than Never
After 110 years, an overdue book is returned to Idaho library
A book last checked out in 1911 finally found its way back to the library — in perfect shape. It was unclear who checked out “New Chronicles of Rebecca” by Kate Douglas Wiggin from a library in Boise, who returned it, or where it had been all these decades. According to the New York Times, there have been other cases of books being returned decades overdue. This year, a Wisconsin woman mailed a book that was 63 years overdue to the Queens Public Library in New York. In 2016, a 72-year-old Manhattan woman returned a book that was 57 years overdue. (Source: NYT)
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