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8 DEC 2021
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Debt ceiling deal • Hawaii flash floods • Rohingya refugees sue Facebook • Toyota's battery plant • Red state Covid-19 toll

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How have Congressional party leaders come to a deal on raising the debt ceiling?
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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces GOP pushback on debt deal.
    The Hill (Moderate Left) • Factual Grade 72% • 3 min read

    Under the agreement, the House and Senate will first pass a bill that prevents cuts to Medicare and also tees up a subsequent debt ceiling bill to pass by a simple majority in the Senate. The legislation is expected to hit a procedural hurdle Thursday that will require 10 GOP members to help advance the deal. That will pave the way for a bill to increase the debt ceiling that Democrats can pass on their own.
    Though a GOP aide noted that the Senate routinely has a fast-track process for other issues like arms sales and trade deals, the debt agreement was drawing criticism from conservatives who don’t want to lift a finger to help Democrats extend the nation’s borrowing limit.
    After 11 Republicans helped Democrats advance a short-term debt hike in early October, McConnell released a letter to Biden warning “I will not provide such assistance again if your all-Democrat government drifts into another avoidable crisis.” McConnell, asked if he had violated that statement, argued that the deal stood by his own red line.
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    Democrats eye one-time filibuster carveout to hike the debt ceiling.
    Washington Times (Moderate Right) • Factual Grade 72% • 3 min read
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    The debt ceiling is dangerous. Here’s why it probably isn’t going anywhere.
    FiveThirtyEight (Moderate Left) • Factual Grade 84% • 10 min read

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Should physician-assisted suicide be offered more widely?

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Context: Switzerland clears device for use in assisted suicide.


Yes - I recently watched my grandmother in hospice slowly die over the course of a week. She was on so many drugs she was barely lucid. Those last few days were absolutely cruel. She kept asking why she hadn’t died yet. It took 5 days for her body to finally shut down. We would never do that to an animal, why do we allow our loved ones to suffer?

No - Assisted suicide is a moral issue and one that can only be decided by one p...

Yes - I understand the impulse to prolong life at all costs, but forcing someon...

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Why is Hawaii experiencing flash floods?

    The cyclone is a type of storm called a kona low, which typically stalls, drops large amounts of rain in one location and comes from a southerly direction, bringing mois...

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Why are Rohingya refugees suing Facebook?

    The class-action lawsuit against Meta, Facebook’s parent company, was brought by a Rohingya woman in Illinois on behalf of the 10,000-plus Rohingya refugees who have resettled in the United States sin...

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What did North Carolina offer Toyota to build a battery plant there?

    The new plant, at a site in Liberty that will begin production in 2025, will initially be capable of supplying lithium-ion batteries for 800,000 vehicles annually. Toyota said the plant plans to event...

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Why are Republicans thought to be disproportionately affected by Covid-19?

    NPR examined deaths per 100,000 people in about 3,000 counties across the US since May 2021. According to NPR, 1 May was chosen as the start date as it is roughly the time when vaccines became...

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How Biden is reshaping the courts.

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Global finance overhaul.

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Isolating vaccinated individuals.

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Instagram announces teen safety updates the day before CEO Mosseri testifies before Congress.

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Devin Nunes retiring from Congress to be CEO of Trump’s new media company.

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