Happy Monday. The White House welcomed the first cat, Willow, on Friday. But, unfortunately, her nine lives are not transferable to Biden’s presidency.
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In Case You Missed It.
🇷🇺 French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday. They agreed on the need for de-escalation around Ukraine, and Putin “expressed no offensive plans.” No backsies.
🇨🇳 China’s ambassador to the U.S. Qin Gang warned that, while all eyes are on Russia and Ukraine, “military conflict” could be coming with China over Taiwan.
🚧 A Pittsburgh, PA bridge collapsed hours before President Biden visited to give a speech about infrastructure. Ten people were injured.
🇨🇦 Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk filled headlines last week, supporting the vaccine mandate trucker protest in Canada and calling President Biden a “damp sock puppet” in retaliation for a Tesla snub. And, oh yeah, it looks like a piece of a SpaceX rocket is on a collision course for the moon.
💸 U.S. inflation jumped 7% from last year, the fastest increase in nearly 40 years.
🇰🇵 North Korea tested the longest-range missile since 2017 Sunday. Japanese and South Korean militaries reported that the missile traveled 800 km (497 miles) before diving into the sea.
☃️ The Northeast U.S. was snowed in this weekend, with blizzard conditions and power loss for hundreds of thousands. Florida even dipped into the 30s, which had Floridians on the lookout for “falling iguanas.”
🇵🇹 Portugal re-elected Antonio Costa as Prime Minister this weekend, indicating stability for the small European country.
Covid Update 😷:
- Moderna is putting its mRNA knowledge to the test, starting early-stage trials for an HIV vaccine based on the same technology as its world-changing Covid vaccine.
- A proposed Kansas bill would protect doctors who prescribe Covid treatments ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine from liability. The bill would also force pharmacists to fill the prescriptions.
- Covid hit one of the last uninfected places on Earth this month: the Pacific archipelago of Kiribati. The nation closed its borders quickly when the pandemic began, and made it almost two years with no virus. But, as we all know, this thing is bent on world domination. Kiribati recently loosened restrictions and, despite precautions, recorded 181 cases as of Friday.