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Sunday November 22nd, 2020 evening edition

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has criticised Mitch McConnell for granting a Senate recess without reaching an agreement on the coronavirus relief bill.

Democratic Representative Ocasio-Cortez said on Friday during a House hearing that Mr McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, was “abandoning our people”.

"Just a day or two ago, the Senate majority leader, Senator McConnell, decided to break the Senate," Ms Ocasio-Cortez said.

"And he broke the Senate as there are thousands of people in Texas lined up for food lines.

He broke the Senate while hospitals no longer have beds to house the sick.

He broke the Senate, and dismissed the Senate, while 30 million Americans are on the brink of eviction.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers have so far failed to agree terms on further legislative relief aimed at helping Americans struggling through the pandemic. »

U.S. retailer Guitar Center files for bankruptcy

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(Reuters) - Guitar Center Inc, the largest U.S. retailer of music instruments and equipment, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Saturday, as music lovers moved their shopping online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guitar Center, which owns nearly 300 stores across the country, said business operations will continue without any interruption.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Virginia. »

John Walker's friction match at Preston Park, Stockton, is Object of the Week (OOTW)

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At about the age of 15, John was apprenticed to a Mr Watson Alcock, principle surgeon of the town.

However, after engaging in his studies he promptly quit the profession – not being able to stomach the then very brutal practice of surgery.

* John Walker’s friction match can be found on display at Preston Park Museum in Stockton, along with his replica chemist on the Victorian Street. »

U.S. should look at how other high-income countries regulate health care costs

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The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, examined how other high-income countries that use a fee-for-service model regulate health care costs.

Although the United States has the highest health care prices in the world, the specific mechanisms commonly used by other countries to set and update prices are often overlooked.

Expanding public insurance and creating universal health care coverage for U.S. residents have been popular - even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. »

Trump, laden with $400 million debts, plans to cash in on his post-presidency with a book deal, media appearances, and selling rally tickets, according to a report

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Facing $400 million debts, Trump is talking about ways to cash-in through selling rally tickets, lucrative speaking gigs and media appearances, according to the report.

Among the ideas touted by the president are a 2024 run for the presidency, setting up a potential rematch with Biden.

There have been some signs Fox News is beginning to distance itself from Trump, which the president has fixated on. »