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1.  The Senate has approved a one-week spending stopgap权宜之计 to avoid a government shutdown. NPR's Kelthy Snow reports the legislation gives lawmakers a short extension to work out details of a long-term spending package and fresh coronavirus relief.
  The Senate passed the bill by voice vote口头表决 ahead of the looming midnight deadline. The measure was not without controversy and only passed after Senators from both parties dropped objections. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had been demanding a vote on his legislation to approve another round of stimulus checks for most Americans. He relented, but he says he will not back down again unless the Senate votes on his bill.
  "We can not go back to our families during the Christmas holidays while tens of millions of families are suffering. They are working toward us."
  The funding extension already passed the House and goes to President Trump for his signature.


2.  In Wisconsin, another defeat for President Trump in his efforts to overturn the results of the election. A judge there ruling against every argument Trump attorney made on challenging ballots in the state's two largest counties, saying the election was properly administered and there was no wrong doing. Josh Kaul, the Wisconsin Attorney General in an interview with NPR's "All Things Considered" said the suits themselves mean little, he said the intent that matters.
  "If they really believe that fraud winner of legal election have taken place, he have to imagine that some of those votes will have to be integrity and stand up and say I'm not going to participate in that process. But we are not seeing that. And that's because people know that this is just a cynical ploy策略 to try to undermine confident in our system."
  Trump is continuing to invalidate 221,000 votes in the state that Democrat Joe Biden won by more than 20,000 votes. The Wisconsin Supreme Court previously refused to hear Trump's case, where went to the lower courts.


3.  Alarmed by the rising the number of people going into New York City's hospitals because of Covid-19, New York's Governor has bring back a ban on indoor dinning in New York City. NPR's XX reports, the ban is set to begin on Monday.
  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says NYC's restaurants can continue outdoor dinning and takeout.
  "Literally every dollar a business looses, we loose a percentage of that dollar. So, our calibration is this much economic activity as you can in respecting the public health and the risk."
  A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention done that adults who have tested positive for the coronavirus were about twice as likely to have eaten at a restaurant within two weeks before becoming sick.


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5.  President-elect Joe Biden is championing his selection of Tom Vilsack to serve as US Agriculture Secretary, an Ohio Representative, Marcia Fudge to be the country's Housing Chief. Biden arguing each was the best choice for the respective cabinet pose, despite some suggesting Fudge should have been tapped for the Agriculture job. He was sacked as Agriculture Secretary under the Obama administration, but Biden calling the former Iowa Governor "the best Secretary of Agriculture the country has had".


6.  European Union says it will cut its carbon emissions dramatically over the next decade. NPR's Rebecca Hersha reports, it still falls short though what size the states is needed to avoid catastrophic warming.
  The European Union says it will cut Green House gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compare to 1990 levels. The EU has already reduce its emissions by about 25% the last 40 years while the economy there has gone significantly. Rating the new EU target will require massive changes in transportation and electricity generation, especially in European countries that still rely heavily on coal and oil. The new promises sermons Europe as the global leader on aggressive kind of policy and offers a possible blue print to the Biden administration as it rejoins the Paris Climate Agreement. Still scientists say global Green House emissions must fall about twice as fast as the EU has promised if humans hope to avoid catastrophic warming.


7.  Drug makers  GlaxoSmithKline葛兰素史克 and Sanofi赛诺菲 say their coronavirus vaccine candidate would not be ready until late next year as they seek to improve the effectiveness of the shot in older people. The company is announcing today the early stage trials have shown some insufficient immune response among older adults.
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