We have some quick news today. Jeff Bezoz was launched into space yesterday (thanks to us), Trump ally Thomas Barrack was indicted over foreign lobbying charges, and 71 total COVID-19 cases have been linked to the Tokyo Olympics. Finally, Canada will finally be opening their border to vaccinated Americans starting next month.
What's going on with the stocks lately? Well, the Dow took a hard hit yesterday as fears around COVID-19 have resurfaced. Next, Sami covers why the Chinese government has been accused of hacking into Microsoft and the Pegasus spyware used to target phones of journalists and activists. We move to the first Capitol rioter who has finally been sentenced, Haiti's new prime minister, before closing with Prince Harry's new book releasing in 2022.
We start this news day with some COVID-related headlines, starting with the rapid surge of the delta variant and LA county's reinstated their mask mandate. Next, we cover the first three positive COVID cases out of the Tokyo Olympics, before switching gears on the the latest on the DACA fight. Lastly, we wrap with some weather reports you might want to know about.
Sami kicks off with a new (but unsurprising) report that housing has become even more expensive than it already is in the United States. Next, we cover the first batch of child tax credit payments sent out to families, a scary and pretty big warning from the Amazon rainforest, and why we might see catastrophic flooding in U.S. coastal regions by the 2030s. Lastly, we wrap with President Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's remarks at a recent press conference and the White House's announcement of a cybersecurity task force in response to the latest ransomware attacks.
Sami begins with our first story on Britney Spears’ new lawyer…finally. Next, we cover Olivia Rodrigo’s visit to the White House, Illinois' requirement to have Asian American history taught in public schools, and the defamation lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Finally, we wrap with Jair Bolsonaro’s hospitalization after suffering with hiccups for 10 days.
Sami begins the Morning Announcements with a follow up on how things are going after Democratic House members fled the state in order to block a final House vote (It turns out, not so well...). Next we move to.an update on the recent Russian cyber attacks, the violent protests in South Africa, before wrapping with some more bad news now that U.S. COVID cases are on the rise again.
On this busy news day, Sami starts with the racist abuse of Black players for England’s soccer team following England’s loss to Italy, 3-2 on penalty kicks. Next, we cover some recent efforts to stop voter suppression, one of the biggest anti-government protest happening in Cuba right now, and who might be Britney Spears’ new lawyer. Then we move to the new warning for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Israel’s third dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and Drake Bell’s sentencing on child endangerment charges.
Sami starts this week with some Headlines That Speak For Themselves, starting with Confederate statues that were removed from public property in Charlottesville, Virginia. Then we move to what happened at CPAC, the hottest place on Earth right now, and the British billionaire who went to space this weekend. Lastly, we wrap with some quick sports news. *Correction: Italy defeated England 3 to 2 in a shootout.
To wrap this week of Morning Announcements, Sami runs through some news stories you should know about. First we cover the Olympics’ spectator ban after Japan declares a state of emergency and the $25 million voting rights campaign. Then we move to Michael Avenatti’s prison sentencing, before closing with the chances of us getting a third vaccine dose.
On today’s Morning Announcements, Sami covers the assassination of Haiti’s President and why Trump has sued Facebook, Twitter and Google. Plus, we another quick Trump story. To close, Sami wraps with the death of Leneal Lamont Frazier, the uncle of the teenager who filmed Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd.