Midday News To Use: 12.24.2020

Quid Pro Quo
President Donald Trump issued yet another wave of pardons yesterday, wiping away admissions of guilt or jury convictions for 26 new people. Included on the list this time are longtime ally Roger Stone, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s father, Charles. However, this sets Trump up for obstruction of Justice charges. If prosecutors look at the Pardons as quid pro quo.
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First Veto Override?
In other White House news, Trump vetoed a sweeping defense bill that recently passed both chambers of Congress by veto-proof majorities. The move sets up what could be the first veto override of his presidency. Trump has been threatening to veto the bill for a while since it had a provision in the bill to change the names of bases with confederate leaders names.
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Some Good News
Here’s a bright spot in what’s otherwise been a pandemic full of gloomy numbers: More than one million people in the US have gotten their first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine — and that’s an undercount, given that the CDC still has to tally up some doses administered in recent days. In addition the US just inked a deal to purchase 100 million more doses from Pfizer.
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Another No Crime shooting
The mayor of Columbus, Ohio, called on a city police officer to be fired immediately after that officer shot and killed Andre Maurice Hill, a 47-year-old Black man, earlier this week. Hill was an expected guest at the home where he was shot and had committed no crime.
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Skilled Teacher lost to Covid
Rosemary Caldwell Collins, a 51-year-old music teacher at Clearwater High School, is being remembered for her vocal talents and leadership skills as colleagues react to her death after what was described in social media posts as a sudden bout with COVID-19.
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