With so many crazy things happening, sometimes things fall through the cracks. Here are some headlines that you may find interesting and worth discussing.
- FDA advisers recommend Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, bringing second vaccine closer to reality.
- A Black family in Texas says they’re the victim of a hate crime after their two cars were set on fire and their house was vandalized with the phrase “Trump 20″ last week, which they believe was a response to their “Black Lives Matter” sign.
- Like he cares: When President Donald Trump convened his Cabinet at the White House Wednesday as Washington absorbed news of a massive data breach, the heads of most agencies relevant to the intrusion — including the Department of Defense, the State Department, the Justice Department, the director of national intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency — were absent.After the meeting,
- Trump said nothing about the attack, which went undetected by his administration’s intelligence agencies for months. As those agencies now mobilize to assess the damage — which the government said Thursday could be more widespread than initially thought, posing a “grave risk to the federal government” — the President himself remains silent on the matter, preoccupied instead with his election loss and his invented claims of widespread voter fraud.
- The Biden transition team announced in a statement Thursday that Rep. Cedric Richmond tested positive for Covid-19.
- Before early voting got underway in Georgia’s Senate runoffs this week, civil and voting rights advocates warned that changes and reductions to polling locations in certain counties could dampen turnout, particularly harming Black and Latino voters.
- Now, several days in, those advocates say those fears are being realized.
- Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) has been selected to lead the Interior Department in President-elect Joe Biden‘s administration, making history as the first Native American tapped for a Cabinet position.
- Six men involved in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were indicted Wednesday on a federal kidnapping conspiracy charge.
- Daniel Harris, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Adam Fox and Brandon Caserta pleaded not guilty to the indictment in proceedings on Thursday. Each of the defendants has been in custody since being arrested in October, when the plot was thwarted.
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