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Monday December 21st, 2020 day edition

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A China-based Zoom executive was charged with coordinating with the Chinese government to shut down Zoom meetings in the United States and elsewhere on a host of religious and political topics, including the commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Jin, who was based in China, is wanted by the FBI, though it is unlikely he would be sent over to the U.S.

“He regularly responded to requests from the PRC government for information and to terminate video meetings hosted on Company-1’s [Zoom’s] video communications platform,” the Justice Department said.

The Chinese government declared martial law, and tens of thousands of troops killed thousands during a crackdown, according to reporters and Western diplomats.

Zoom said that “in October 2019, Zoom appointed the now-former employee to serve as the government contact in China.”.

Zoom also said that “with the goal of restoring our service, Zoom personnel, including our CEO, met in China with government authorities in October 2019."

Another Zoom statement in June that was updated on Friday said that “going forward, Zoom will not allow requests from the Chinese government to impact anyone outside of mainland China. »

The committee remains disappointingly predictable

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'$600 Is Not Enough,' Say Progressives as Congressional Leaders Reach Covid Relief Deal

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If we hadn't made this deal today, 12 million Americans were going to lose unemployment benefits.

The deal would extend soon-to-lapse unemployment programs for 11 weeks and keep a CDC eviction moratorium in place through January 31.

"How are the millions of people facing evictions, remaining unemployed, standing in food bank and soup kitchen lines supposed to live off of $600? »

Russian scientist working on COVID-19 vaccine plummets to death in St. Petersburg

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A prominent Russian scientist who was working on a COVID-19 vaccine was found dead with a stab wound after plummeting out his window in St. Petersburg, according to news reports.

Alexander “Sasha” Kagansky, 45, was in his underwear when he fell to his death from his 14th-floor apartment, according to the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets.

Russian police say they are investigating Kagansky’s death as a possible homicide and questioning a 45-year-old man as a potential suspect, said. »

Stimulus Package Includes Billions for Struggling Theaters

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The $900 billion stimulus deal reached in Congress on Sunday includes roughly $15 billion in aid for struggling movie theaters, live venues and other cultural institutions — a lifeline for businesses shut down for months by COVID-19.

The so-called “Save Our Stages” provision includes $15 billion in “dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

Final votes on the spending package were expected on Monday, and then it will go to President Trump for his signature, The New York Times reported. »