"I deplore… the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them… These ordures are rapidly depraving the public taste and lessening its relish for sound food. As vehicles of information and a curb on our funtionaries, they have rendered themselves useless by forfeiting all title to belief… This has, in a great degree, been produced by the violence and malignity of party spirit." –Thomas Jefferson to Walter Jones, 1814.🚨 Incomprehension is crippling the country❗
We’re watching the GOP’s stimulus bill proposal, states’ reclosing plans, and what happens with the mystery seeds in the mail.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnelll. PHOTO: AL DRAGO/BLOOMBERG NEWS
GOP releases stimulus bill proposal. The $1 trillion bill would reduce enhanced unemployment benefits from $600 a week to $200 a week through September, before transitioning to be equal to 70% of a worker’s former income.
Former Malaysian prime minister found guilty in 1MDB case. Najib Razak was convicted of money laundering, abuse of power and criminal breach of trust. The verdict is the first in a string of cases against him over allegations he received hundreds of millions of dollars from the state investment fund.
Wirecard was fined by Mastercard and Visa. The card networks fined the collapsed payments processor more than $10 million over a decade ago, after high levels of reversed transactions and stolen card purchases.
Coronavirus vaccine trials begin final-stage testing. Experimental vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer entered a pivotal phase of testing, with the first of around 30,000 subjects receiving doses of vaccines developed by the two firms.
Google’s employees can work from home until summer 2021. The tech giant became the first major company to formalize plans so far in advance in response to the pandemic. The move will affect nearly all of the 200,000 full-time and contract employees across Google’s parent, Alphabet.
U.S. probes seeds mailed from China. Agricultural officials are investigating after residents across the country received unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to be from China and Uzbekistan. They are urging people not to plant them.