Midday News to Use: 12.30.2020

Out in the Cold
Two nasty winter storms are bringing ice, snow and cold temps from Texas all the way to Michigan. If you find yourself this New Year’s Eve cozy on the couch in your pajamas, like so many Americans during this pandemic, it might be the best place to be. The weather won’t be ideal for much of the country, making the “at-home” option of ringing in the New Year sound even better.
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No More Peaks and Valleys
The US hit a new dismal daily coronavirus record, with 3,725 deaths recorded yesterday. What was once an unthinkable number is now a possible precursor to what medical experts are warning will be an “awful” rest of the winter. One epidemiologist said the US is now past the point of waves and spikes and is in the middle of a “viral tsunami.”
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Poison Pill
Many are wondering if Republican Senate leader Mitchh McConnell is the poison pill as a number of Repulicans and most Democrats what to raise the $600 stimulus check to $2000. Mr. Trump called for the $600 stimulus checks to be boosted to $2,000 per person. So House Speaker Nancy Peloci (D) got Republican support for the measure on Monday and passed a Bill. Now McConell wants to infect the bill with poison pills that no one want to swallow.
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503
That’s how many new species were named this year by London’s Natural History Museum. They include a critically endangered species of monkey, an armored slug and a lungless salamander that breathes through its skin. Nature is grand.
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Florida Vaccinations
Long lines, crashing websites, conflicting information confound COVID-19 vaccine rollout to Florida seniors. In the final days of 2020, people in Florida 65 and older began receiving their first shots of the coronavirus vaccine, but when and where those doses will become available will vary from county to county.
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