5 things to know on 27 November: Kovid-19, Flynn, Elections, Turkey, Venezuela


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1. Coronavirus

2. Michael Flynn

President Trump announced on Twitter that he had issued a “complete pardon” to his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The retired lieutenant general was a key figure in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and admitted under oath that he was guilty of lying to the FBI while serving as a National Security Advisor. However, Flynn has claimed his innocence, and Trump has touted him as a political symbol at rallies. Trump had already pardoned Roger Stone, another ally involved in the investigation, and these acts of pardon would likely color the president’s legacy during the days of his administration. Nevertheless, this pardon does not mean that Flynn’s legal obligations have ended. Flynn admitted to lying about his lobbying for Turkey, but he was not charged for that crime, and the Justice Department in the Biden administration could raise more questions for him.

3. Election 2020

President Trump said for the first time that if the Presidential Electoral College voted for the presidential election on December 14, he would step down. The president also said that he would travel to Georgia to support the state’s Republican Senate candidates before the Jan. 5 by-election. Both races could touch a majority of the Senate. Meanwhile, Biden faced the test of whether to keep Trump-era security editors in place. He and his team will soon have to decide whether they want to maintain the Trump administration’s lockdown on hyper-sensitive information, such as transferring the president’s call with foreign leaders. These calls were previously shared with a broader, security clearance-holding audience, but the Trump administration claimed it was concerned they might be leaked.

4. Turkey

Hundreds of people have been sentenced to life imprisonment in Turkey in a large, high-profile case involving a 2016 coup attempt. Most of the 475 defendants received at least one life sentence, and 70 were acquitted. The allegations stemmed from the coup efforts that saw widespread violence and military activities in the country’s two largest cities, Istanbul and Ankara. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, who lives in the US, of masterminding the events. Although Gülen has denied this, the government has arrested about 100,000 of his followers, and about 150,000 have been fired from government jobs, including the military. Turkey also attempted a coup in the years following the news media, academics and political protests that divided the country.

5. Venezuela

CITGO 6, a group of US oil officials arrested on charges of corruption in Venezuela in 2017, has been convicted and sentenced to eight to 13 years in prison. The verdict continues a saga that began three years ago, when the men received a call from the head of PDVSA, a Venezuelan oil giant, calling them to Caracas for a last-minute budget meeting. When they arrived, armed and masked security agents arrested them on embezzlement charges, which stemmed from a never executed offer for refinancing billions in CITGO bonds, offering a 50% stake in the company. The CITGO said it is “distressed to read about this result,” and a source familiar with the case says efforts to release the men will continue.

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Hannibal meets Grindelwald.

Rockets perform at Thanksgiving parade while wearing masks

Pulling an innocent accurate dance number? Impressive. Doing this toy in soldier hat and mask? Mythological.

in Memoriam

Argentina football legend Diego Maradona Died at the age of 60 on Wednesday. Maradona is considered one of the greatest sportsmen to ever play the game and is a household name in his native country and beyond. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced a three-day national mourning on his death.

in today’s date

32,000

That the number of employees the Walt Disney Company now plans to lay by March has increased by nearly 4,000 since it first announced widespread job cuts in September. Disney has also warned that there may be a need to reduce or not contribute to pension and retirement medical plans, reduce investment in TV and film production, or lay off more employees.

Today’s date

“Have faith. We are going to get through all this, and we will be a better society because of it.”

Alex Trebek, In a posthumous message of ecstasy that aired during “delirium”! Thanks episode. The beloved TV host died this month after battling pancreatic cancer.

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And finally

It’s starting to look a lot like …

If only this time all decorations grew faster due to the lack of Rockefeller Center Christmas trees this time. (Click here to see.)

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