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1 President-elect Joe Biden today introduced his pick for Secretary of Education. Biden's saying Connecticut's education chief and long time public school champion, Miguel Cardona has the background that's needed, at a time the nation  is struggling to educate students in the mist of the coronavirus pandemic.
  "Once again, during this pandemic, we've seen who our educators are. they're selfless, They're dedicated. They're cut from a true cloth of character and commitment.
他们是真材实料的奉献品质*** They represent one of the most critical professions in America, and that's not hyperbole夸大其词, that's a fact."
  Biden's announcing his choice of Cardona says that his cabinet is already more diverse than any in the history of the US. The choice is in sharp contrast to President Trump's Education Secretary - school choice advocate, Betsy DeVos.


2.  Attorney General William Barr is officially stepping down from his position of the Justice Department today. NPR's Ryan Lucas reports, Jeffrey Rosen will take over as Acting Attorney General through the end of the Trump administration.


  Barr's stepping down as Attorney General after nearly 2 years in charge of the Justice Department. He was a close ally of President Trump. But in his final days in office, Barr has pushed back against the president. Barr says he sees no reason to appoint a special counsel to lead the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden's son Hunter or to probe the President's baseless claims of election fraud. Those questions would now fall to Jeffrey Rosen, the current No.2 at the department who is stepping in as Acting Attorney General. Rosen has said he'll use his role as keeping the Department on course, but he has declined to say whether he would name special counsels to investigate either matter.


3. The Federal Government has reached
a an agreement with Pfizer to buy additional 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine that would bring the number of Pfizer's doses up to 200 million by next summer. Here's NPR's Sydney Lupkin.


  The Federal Government has purchased its 2nd allotment
(分配)
of Pfizer vaccines, bring the total US supply of Covid-19 vaccines that have been authorized so far up to 400 million by this summer(打两针). That's enough to vaccinate nearly 2/3 of the population. Most of the new Pfizer's doses will be delivered by late June but about 30 million will not arrive until the end of the following month. The additional doses cost the government nearly 2 billion dollars. Pfizer has been collaborating with German pharmaceutical company BioNtech on its vaccine. The Food & Drug Administration authorized Pfizer's vaccine for emergency use on Dec 11th, and it authorized Moderna's last Friday.
  The CDC says US has achieved a critical milestone with more than a million people now receiving the coronavirus vaccines.


4.  
Notwithstanding尽管 pleas from public health officials to stay at home, millions of Americans are travelling ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays. With the coronavirus pandemic now raging nationwide, US death toll is closing in(迫近) on 325,000.


5.  On Wall Street today the Dow was up 114 points. The NASDAQ closed down 36 points. This is NPR.


6.  
Gridlock交通全面阻断 at an English port continues to cause problems, keeping thousands of truckers and travelers stranded. That's despite a deal with France to lift a 2-day blockade imposed because of the discovery of the new variant of the coronavirus. The blockade(阻塞)
is served to isolated isolate Britain, raising fears of food shortages there. While some goods and services began arriving on France soil this morning, many are still struggling to get through.


7.  The US is imposing new sanctions on election officials and police in Belarus(
白俄罗斯). It's meant to punish those who had been cracking down on protesters in the wake of disputed election in August. NPR's Michele Kelemen has more.


  The Treasury Department says it's blacklisting essential commission on elections in Belarus, and the police unit - that's part of the country's Interior Ministry. Secretary of States Mike Pompeo accuses them of being involved in electoral fraud and human right abuses. The new restriction will prevent them from doing business with Americans. The States Department also says it will deny visas to 39 individuals accused of undermining democracy in Belarus. Despite a crackdown, weekly protests continue in the former Soviet Republic. This week Congress passed legislation meant to put more pressure on President Alexandra Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus for more than 2.5 decades.


8.  A major recalling involving more than 800,000 vehicles made by General Motors. The recall affects 2019
through 2021 pickups and some newer model - Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe and GMC Yukon models. The innitial*** are the issuer’s possible suspension problems or problems affecting front seatbelts. Owners will be notified and be instructored where to take their vehicles.
通用汽车日前因安全带和悬挂系统问题在美国发起两次召回,共涉及84万辆汽车。
根据通用递交的文件,安全带故障隐患召回涵盖62.4万辆20192021款雪佛兰 Silverado 1500 GMC Sierra 1500 皮卡、2021款雪佛兰SuburbanTahoeGMC Yukon XL,以及20202021Silverado 25003500GMC Sierra 25003500。悬挂系统问题召回涉及21.3万辆20122013款别克君威、2013款雪佛兰Malibu,和20102013款别克君越中型车。
通用表示,悬挂后下摆臂拉杆可能会因涂层磨损生锈,从而导致拉杆断裂。


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