Monday, November 16, 2020
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Monday, November 16, 2020

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Your Friday Briefing

Natasha Frost, New York Times (Tweet)

More trouble for Britain’s hard-line Brexiteers As Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain attempts to negotiate a delicate post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union, President Trump’s defeat has resulted in the loss of a powerful ally. President Trump followed, pulling out of the Paris agreement and reversing many of Mr. Obama’s environmental protections.

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Pfizer Vaccine, Brexit, U.S. Presidential Transition: Your Friday Briefing

Natasha Frost, New York Times (Tweet)

While Britain has ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine — enough for up to 20 million people — Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned that it was in “very, very early days,” as the treatment had not yet been approved. President Trump followed, pulling out of the Paris agreement and reversing many of Mr. Obama’s environmental protections.

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Biden Wants to Be the Climate President. He’ll Need Some Help From Xi Jinping.

Somini Sengupta, New York Times (Tweet)

Mr. Biden has also hinted that he would take a tough stance on China on a host of foreign policy issues, and it remains to be seen how effective he can be in bringing traditional United States allies into line for a united front on China. Perhaps his toughest agenda item, several analysts said, is how Mr. Biden can recast America’s role in the world, including what alternatives the country can offer to the fossil fuel projects that Mr. Xi supports through his signature global infrastructure building program, known as the Belt and Road.

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Scientists Destroyed a Nest of Murder Hornets. Here’s What They Learned.

Christina Morales, New York Times (Tweet)

Last month, after various sightings across the Pacific Northwest, officials in Washington State discovered and removed the first known murder hornet nest in the United States. Although Mr. Spichiger said officials removed many of the queens from the nest just in time, he said there were some that could have escaped and could form new colonies next year.

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Iota Becomes 30th Named Storm in a Record-Breaking Season

Allyson Waller, New York Times (Tweet)

Tropical Storm Iota stirred in the Caribbean Sea on Friday evening, becoming the 30th named storm in the record-breaking 2020 hurricane season. The storm could become a major hurricane — Category 3 or above — within the next 36 hours as it approaches the coast of Central America, Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman and meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said on Friday night.

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Iota Becomes 30th Named Storm in a Record-Breaking Season

Allyson Waller, New York Times (Tweet)

Tropical Storm Iota stirred in the Caribbean Sea on Friday evening, becoming the 30th named storm in the record-breaking 2020 hurricane season. The storm could become a major hurricane — Category 3 or above — as it approaches Central America, Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman and meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said on Friday night.

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Un-Normalizing America’s Third Wave of the Pandemic

David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine (Tweet)

In the spring, Americans nervously following the course of the pandemic heard a lot about the risks of “exponential growth,” but outside of New York, the first-wave epicenter, the country’s experience with spread of this speed was rather limited. The evidence is even clearer in Europe, where the pandemic has been tracking about a month ahead of ours, and where over the last week, many of countries worst-hit by the coronavirus have finally turned the curves of new infections down again — though it is only marginal improvement from some very high peaks.