Coronavirus vaccine, G20, Halloween: your Friday night briefing
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Have a good evening. Here is the last one at the end of Friday.
1. The FDA has cleared Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. The first pictures could be available next week.
The move was eagerly awaited by the families. About 28 million children in this age group would be eligible to receive one-third of the adult dose, with two injections three weeks apart. If the CDC approves, as expected, the children could start receiving injections as early as Wednesday.
The Biden administration has promised that children’s vaccines will be readily available in pediatricians’ offices, community health centers, children’s hospitals and pharmacies, with 15 million doses ready to ship immediately.
Abroad, children are behind the current coronavirus outbreak in Britain. They now represent a third of new cases.
2. President Biden has launched a trip to Europe with an effort to mend barriers with France.
In Italy to attend a Group of 20 summit, Biden sought to end a diplomatic row with France over a scuttled deal for nuclear attack submarines. “What we did was awkward,” Biden said when meeting with Emmanuel Macron, the French president.
After a meeting at the Vatican, Biden said Pope Francis told him he should continue to receive Communion, a demonstration of support amid calls by some American bishops to deny him the sacrament for his support for the right to l ‘abortion.
At the G20, Biden will seek to strike a global agreement on a minimum corporate tax, aimed at ending tax havens. Biden will then travel to Scotland for the COP26 climate change summit, which is seen by many as a watershed moment in saving our warming planet from disaster.
In other world news, Queen Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors to rest for two weeks, deepening concerns over the health of the 95-year-old monarch.
3. Albany County Sheriff Said His Office Did Not Coordinate With The County District Attorney before filing a criminal complaint against Andrew Cuomo.
Sheriff Craig Apple’s decision to press charges independently of the district attorney was unusual, especially in such a high-profile and explosive case. This raised questions about the viability of the case.
As of Friday, it was still unclear whether the prosecutor would prosecute the former New York governor, accused of groping an assistant’s breast last year. Cuomo has been charged with forcible touching, an offense punishable by up to one year in prison. The once powerful Democrat was summoned to court in Albany on November 17.
4. For the first time in public, an American inmate described the torture he endured at CIA black sites, including force-feeding, waterboarding and sexual abuse.
Appearing in open court, Majid Khan, 41, a suburban Baltimore high school graduate turned al-Qaeda courier, gave a detailed account of the cruel “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by agents to extract information to terrorism suspects in the CIA prison network abroad.
Separately, Oklahoma executed a death row inmate. Like other executions in the state, this one – the first in six years – has not gone smoothly.
5. Local and national elections are held across the country on Tuesday.
These elections will determine the governors of Virginia and New Jersey and the mayors and other leaders of New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis and other places. They will also decide the fate of electoral measures on electoral rules, local taxes and other matters. Here are some of the basics of Election Day.
Among the races to follow:
In 2022, Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, is running for governor. And Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Republican critic of Donald Trump, will not be running.
6. The number of legal abortions in Texas halved in the month after the state’s ban, the researchers found.
Texas law prohibits abortions after detection of heart activity, which is usually around six weeks, a time when most women do not yet realize they are pregnant. No abortion restrictions in Texas have been followed by such a steep drop. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin said they expected that number to decline in the coming months.
On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two different challenges to Texas law. In December, judges will hear arguments over a Mississippi law that directly challenges Roe v. Wade. Here is what is at stake in this case.
7. Our general review examines how a lawn sign has become a liberal mantra.
“In this house, we believe,” the panel begins. The classic version reads: “Black Lives Matter / Women’s rights are human rights / No human is illegal / Science is real / Love is love. Traffic signs are often overtly moralizing and sometimes end with a sassy twist.
What first appeared as a symbol of liberal objection to Donald Trump in 2016 is now a font of absurd memes and an emblem of a cultural war between white women, writes Amanda Hess. “It is such an effective sign that it has become a symbol of the signage itself,” she writes. Go ahead and generate your own sign.
8. Carmen Mola seemed to be breaking a glass ceiling in the world of Spanish books. Then the true identity of the author was revealed.
The writer, acclaimed as a prominent female voice in literature, produced a crime trilogy with an eccentric police inspector as the protagonist. When Carmen Mola received the Planeta Prize, worth over $ 1 million, a three-man team came forward to receive the honor. The revelation raised questions about the extent to which their editors had gone to promote the narrative that the writer was female.
In another mystery, NBA star Luka Doncic got his mom to sign his basketball cards? Collectors are preparing a big plot.
9. The mozzarella sticks have a moment.
Soft and springy in the middle, crispy and golden on the outside, cheese snacks are popping up on high-end restaurant menus and viral TikTok “cheese sweater” videos – motivated, perhaps, by the desire to nostalgic comfort food during the coronavirus pandemic. As one restaurateur put it, “the allure of melted mozzarella is omnipresent in all humans.”
Our food journalist also visited bakeries in Miami preparing for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, by baking pan de muerto. The sweet bread is placed on altars dedicated to family members during the Mexican celebration of November 1 and 2. Here’s how to make yours.
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