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Rapper shot dead in Memphis
On Wednesday, Young Dolph (real name Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr.) was shot dead at a cookie shop in Memphis, TN. Memphis Police said in their statement that they had no information available on the suspect at the present time.
Electric vehicles to be highlighted at the LA Auto Show
Battery-powered vehicles are set to stand front and center at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens this week after a year's delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nissan, Hyundai, and Subaru, alongside multiple startups, are among automakers poised to feature electric SUVs during the show.
Pfizer signs deal to expand access to its COVID-19 oral antiviral treatment
On November 16th, Pfizer and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) signed a voluntary licensing agreement for the former's COVID-19 oral antiviral treatment drug. The license agreement will grant easy and affordable access to Pfizer's antiviral treatment in low-to-middle-income countries (LMICs), pending regulatory authorization.
Biden holds virtual meeting with China’s President Xi
On November 15th, President Joe Biden held a virtual meeting with the President of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Xi Jinping. In the meeting, Biden stated that the US was committed to the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances and condemned unilateral attempts to undermine peace across the Taiwan Strait.
Poland uses water cannons on migrants
Polish forces have used water cannons and tear gas in an attempt to deter migrants from attempting to cross over the border from Belarus. The migrants were reported to have been hurling stones and other projectiles at Polish forces guarding the border crossing.
Representative Jackie Speier announces retirement
In a video posted on Twitter Tuesday, California Representative Jackie Speier announced she will not put forward her candidacy for reelection in 2022. She stated it is "time for me to come home, time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother, and friend."
The US could breach debt limit by December 15th
On Tuesday, in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated the US could hit its debt limit on December 15th, revising an earlier deadline estimate of December 3rd. A vote in October raised the federal debt ceiling, allowing Congress to avoid a default until at least December 3rd. The new estimate gives lawmakers more time to work out a deal to raise the ceiling.
Biden signs infrastructure deal with bipartisan audience
On Monday, President Biden signed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law. The legislation includes investments in roads, bridges, waterways, and other "hard infrastructure" and is the largest public-works bill since President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system in 1956.
Bannon appears in court over contempt of Congress charges
On November 12th, Stephen Bannon was indicted for contempt of Congress after he failed to comply with a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6th. On November 15th, Bannon surrendered to the FBI, following which he appeared in court. Bannon's arraignment was postponed until Thursday, November 18th. He has yet to enter a plea.
O’Rourke to run for Governor of Texas
On Monday, Beto O'Rourke announced that he is running for governor of Texas. The former three-term Democratic Congressman made the announcement in a two-minute video.