5 notes until December 2: Covid-19, pardon test, economy, China-Australia, Brazil


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1. Coronavirus

2. Grace investigation

The Department of Justice is investigating a possible crime involving the transfer of money to the White House or related political committee in exchange for presidential pardon. Newly sealed court records show that in August, the judge reviewed prosecutors ’requests for access to documents obtained as part of an investigation conducted as part of a bribery investigation. There are no names and time series on the roster, but this shows a surprising new legal turn in the last days of President Trump’s presidency. Trump has shown a willingness to pardon or change the punishment of allies convicted of federal charges, such as Michael Flynn and Roger Stone. Other staff members are said to submit their own request to the president in the hope of a pardon before he leaves office, a source told CNN. According to the source, Trump’s legal counsel, Rudy Giuliani, is on the list of staff who violate the subject of preventive pardon, which is trying to protect these individuals from prosecution.

3. Economy

After all, there is movement on the front of the coronavirus stimulus. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is putting forward a new aid proposal in hopes of accepting it by the end of the year. But there will be an upward battle: It needs more GOP support, but many of its Republican counterparts support a different approach. McConnell is also in talks with White House officials to better understand what President Trump is willing to sign when his term expires. Democratic leaders make their own counter-offer for the start negotiations. Overall, this renewed relief energy is another sign of how severe the epidemic is. Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made an additional pledge of more than $ 77 billion as his country struggles to curb its own growing wave of Covid-19.

4. China-Australia

Trade tensions between China and Australia are heating up after Beijing imposed stifling tariffs on Australian wine imports, effectively shutting Australian winemakers away from their key export markets and forcing businesses to struggle with alternative plans. A Chinese foreign ministry official outraged the rhetoric on Monday when he published an illustration of an Australian soldier threatening to cut off the throat of an Afghan child. The picture refers to a recently published report that elite Australian forces killed dozens of civilians and prisoners during the war in Afghanistan. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologized for the illustration, but the Chinese government has rejected it. Relations between the countries suddenly deteriorated after Australia called for an investigation into the Chinese origin of the coronavirus, and Beijing has been lobbying tariffs ever since.

5. Brazil

According to data from the National Space Research Institute, deforestation rose to a 12-year high from August 2019 to July 2020. About 6,890 square miles were destroyed during this time, an increase of 9.5% over the previous 12-month period. Why do things go so bad? Environmentalists have pointed to the policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro liquidated agencies responsible for preventing illegal logging, ranching and mining of rainforests, and deforestation has skyrocketed since taking office in January. It also rejected data revealing the extent of the injury. Last year, 34 international investors threatened to lose Brazilian companies unless they take steps to deal with fires and devastation in the area. President-elect Joe Biden has also pledged to tackle the crisis.

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TODAY’S NUMBER

$ 170 million

That’s pretty much what President Trump has collected since election day. Trump urged supporters to donate to an “Election Defense Fund” with baseless allegations of voter fraud, and the money went to the treasury of Trump’s joint fundraising committee.

TODAY QUOTE

“To date, we have not seen any level of fraud that could have achieved a different result in the election.”

Attorney General William Barr, in an interview with the Associated Press. Barr’s remarks on the Department of Justice’s findings – or lack thereof – severely undermine President Trump’s continued baseless allegations of voter fraud. They also deserved Barr, despised by the right-wing media, an inherited Trump ally.

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AND FINALLY

Timberrr!

How do you harvest a million Christmas trees? Well, a helicopter will help. (Click here to view.)