Midday News To Use: 10.21.2020

More Than We Think
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that nearly 300,000 more people in the United States died in the last 8 months compared to the average number of people who died in recent years. Just two-thirds of those deaths were counted as Covid-19 fatalities, highlighting how the official U.S. death count from Covid 19 — now standing at about 222,000 — is not fully inclusive.
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Now not later
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are resuming stimulus talks today, even though last evening’s self-imposed deadline has come and gone. Pelosi said the sides are close to resolving a key sticking point over money for coronavirus testing and contact tracing. However, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, says there will not be a deal before the election.
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Something Different
Marriage is, was, and always will be the union of one man and one woman in a permanent, faithful and fruitful union. Homosexual unions can never become marriage since they biologically cannot be open to children. This was the view of the Catholic church on marriage until today. Pope Francis became the first pontif to endorse same sex marriage. Francis said in one of his sit-down interviews for a film, that “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God.”
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Better luck next time
The Tampa Bay Rays came out on the short end of the first game of the world series with the LA Dodgers. By a score of 8 – 3. Game 2 is tonight at 8:08. On the good side, courtesy of Mookie Betts stealing a base, actually 2, in the world series. Taco Bell will let you steal a taco on October 28th. Make sure you put that in your calendar.

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Always Digging Up Something
Archaeologists have unearthed a ‘huge number’ of sealed Egyptian sarcophagi. Officials said they believe the coffins contain senior statesmen and priests from the 26th dynasty, which ruled Egypt from 664 B.C. to 525 B.C. Meanwhile, Archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old etching of a cat carved into a hillside some 250 miles southeast of Lima, Peru. The feline, which measures about 120 feet long, has wide, orb-like eyes and appears to be sunning itself.
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Read it For Yourself
For many Native American tribes, Treaties with the US government over centuries of colonial expansion and exploitation are a fraught reminder of promises made—and broken. The documents are also of paramount importance today, as tribes and activists point to them as binding agreements in legal battles for land and resources. Well now, thanks to a newly completed digitization effort, researchers and the public now have unprecedented access to hundreds of these critical agreements. Check out smithsonianmag.com for more information.

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