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It Was Only Last Monday
T-Minus 7 Hours …
- ALL THE MEANWHILE, SENATORS are walking around clueless, with no idea what to expect or when to expect it. They are killing time by voting on more executive branch nominations with 33 DAYS left in the TRUMP presidency. On Thursday, they plopped someone on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Amazingly, McConnell seems to have run out of judges to put on the federal bench.
- OUR GOVERNMENT and its technology infrastructure are under siege by Russia. Trump has said nothing.
- THE PRESIDENT is still delusional, suggesting he has won the election.
- 50 LAWMAKERS have contracted the coronavirus — per CNN.
- COVID DEATHS are still spiking. Hospitals are getting more and more crowded.
THESE NEXT THREE DAYS will be white knuckle-inducing in D.C., as Congress tries to squeeze through a massive spending package and government funding bill. We anticipate a weekend session with lots of waiting. (Politico)
Pence To Confirm Trump’s Loss
“But Pence could dodge their ire by leaving Washington immediately for the Middle East and Europe. According to three U.S. officials familiar with the planning, the vice president is eyeing a foreign trip that would take him overseas for nearly a week, starting on Jan. 6.( Politico)
You Can’t Make This Up
If This Had Been A Physical Attack On America’s Secrets, We Would Be At War
“We still don’t know the bottom of the well,” the official said. Stunningly, the breach goes back to at least March, and continued all through the election. The U.S. government didn’t sound the alarm until this Sunday. A damage assessment could take months. Microsoft President Brad Smith told the N.Y. Times that at least 40 companies, government agencies and think tanks had been infiltrated.
Trump Is Silent
C.D.C. Stifled by the Trump Administration.
– Kyle McGowan, former chief of staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.).
“In a series of interviews, the pair has decided to go public with their disillusionment: what went wrong, and what they believe needs to be done as the agency girds for what could be a years long project of rebuilding its credibility externally while easing ill feelings and self-doubt internally.” “Everyone wants to describe the day that the light switch flipped and the C.D.C. was sidelined. It didn’t happen that way,” Mr. McGowan said. “It was more of like a hand grasping something, and it slowly closes, closes, closes, closes until you realize that, middle of the summer, it has a complete grasp on everything at the C.D.C.”
All Eyes On Georgia
Because You Need To Read This …
- A terrible plague struck humankind, but scientists responded with unprecedented speed and common purpose.
- Thousands of people volunteered to take the experimental vaccines — at some risk to themselves — so safety and efficacy could be tested and proven.
- We learned to appreciate the selfless dedication of nurses, orderlies, doctors and other health workers who risked their lives to save ours.
- Many of us felt isolated and frustrated in our social distancing, but many found meaning and connection with young or adult children, older relatives and other pod mates.
- We also connected and reconnected with friends, relatives, colleagues and therapists across great distances as we became accustomed to Zoom calls and FaceTime video chats.
- As movie theater chains struggled across the country, some family-owned drive-ins made a comeback, bringing a sense of community to small towns that had thought they were gone forever.
- A record number of Americans turned out to vote.
- As the president launched an unprecedented assault on the democratic process, local and state officials of courage and integrity stood up to his assault and did their jobs with honor. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Michigan Board of State Canvassers vice chair Aaron Van Langevelde and other Republicans stayed true to law and principle despite the corrupting pressure of their president, the cowardly silence of their national leadership, and, at times, vile and violent threats to them and their families.
- And… he lost. We realize that for 74 million Americans, that doesn’t count as a good thing, but the result was welcomed by 81 million. And since this is our list, we celebrate the defeat of the worst president in U.S. history.
- Black women led the nation to this fortunate result, with more than 9 in 10 voting for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in an election that was far closer than it should have been.
- Black women “helped elect America’s first female vice-president, first Black vice-president and first Asian American vice-president: Sen. Kamala Harris.”
- The Supreme Court ruled that no one can be fired for being gay or transgender.
- When the country was really in trouble, Republicans and Democrats came together in Congress and the administration to pass the Cares Act, which provided relief to businesses and workers suffering through no fault of their own.
- The Federal Reserve under the leadership of Chairman Jerome H. Powell, mounted an innovative rescue effort that kept the economy battered, but afloat.
- One of the most horrifying acts of police brutality ever caught on video — the killing of George Floyd — led to an outpouring of protest and reflection and, in many cities and state capitals, the beginning of reform.
- NASA named its headquarters building in D.C. after Mary W. Jackson, the agency’s first African American female engineer.
- The United States (AND SPACE X) launched astronauts to the International Space Station on a U.S.-made rocket, after years of dependence on Russian technology. The reusable booster did its job and then returned safely, potentially opening an era of more cost-efficient space travel.
- Carbon dioxide emissions declined — in part due to the recession, yes, but also because the cost of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, is declining more quickly than many experts had predicted.
- With the United States set to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and China pledging to reach carbon neutrality by 2060, momentum grew for the global community to take its climate emergency seriously.
- After four years of an administration appointing mostly White men to the judiciary and the executive branch, the government was set to look more like America. And not just with its new vice president, but with a plethora of new faces including the most Native Americans elected to Congress, the most trans people elected to state legislatures, a burst of Republican women elected to Congress and a highly diverse and competent array of nominees for the incoming Cabinet.
2020 Ch-Ch-Changes In The Workplace
- We’re rethinking where we work and live. Around 20 million Americans are planning to leave dense and costly metros like New York and San Francisco and move to cheaper cities.
- Workplace priorities are changing. After months away from the office, in-person perks like free snacks or stunning city views don’t matter as much. People increasingly care about company culture and belonging, and that will be a key factor in firms’ abilities to recruit and retain talent.
- Companies have accelerated adoption of workplace technology. Besides tech for remote work, firms are also incorporating new forms of surveillance in the name of safety.
- We have more workplace flexibility. Getting dressed up seems superfluous now, and people have ditched business formal — and even business casual — for loungewear.
The bottom line: The pandemic will be remembered as the great accelerant.