5 things to know for September 22: Coronavirus, United Nations, Congress, Trump revelations, immigration

By AJ Willingham, CNN

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1. Coronavirus

Medical experts warn another deadly pandemic winter as Covid-19 numbers rise and flu season looms. The United States is back to a point where more than 2,000 people die on average from Covid-19 every day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, approximately 12,000 to 50,000 Americans die from influenza each year. The best way to avoid another devastating season, doctors say, is to get vaccinated against both. Meanwhile, parts of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, are emerging from long periods of lockdown and abandoning their “zero Covid” strategies. Leaders want to revive their countries’ economies, especially their tourism sectors, but experts fear the region’s low vaccination rates could be a disaster.

2. United Nations

The climate crisis was in the foreground at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. Chinese President Xi Jinping recorded rare address to UN body promising to stop coal projectsTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country will present the Paris climate agreement to its parliament next month, and US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have underscored continued climate action at an Oval Office meeting. A range of international conflict points were also addressed by the dozens of world leaders in attendance, including nuclear weapons in Iran, free and fair elections in Venezuela, and competition between the United States and China. The Taliban also requested representation at this week’s meeting, a decision which should launch a diplomatic battle with the pre-existing Afghan envoy.

3. Congress

Progressive Democrats have announced they will not vote for the bipartisan $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill without spending the $ 3.5 trillion package that aims to implement President Joe Biden’s economic program. That vote is slated for next week, and as it stands, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can only afford to lose a handful of votes to push anything through. President Biden will increase his engagement with Congressional Democrats today, including a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, to try to bring all Democratic factions in line. Yesterday the house also passed a bill to avoid a government shutdown and suspend the US debt ceiling. The bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate, the country is therefore still approaching a possible closure and a financial precipice in the next weeks.

4. Trump’s revelations

Several recent revelations have shed light on the plans of President Trump and his supporters to overthrow the Constitution and keep him in power after the 2020 elections. These revelations are likely to be of great interest to the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurgency. For example, a recently revealed memo shows that a Conservative lawyer working with Trump’s legal team attempted to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence. that he could annul the election results on January 6 when Congress counted the votes of the Electoral College. The six-step plan, which included expelling voters from seven states, was described in a two-page memo obtained by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa for their book, “Peril.” The rating was then obtained by CNN.

5. Immigration

About 8,600 Haitian migrants remain under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas, waiting to be processed by immigration officials and possibly deported from the country. That’s down from a high of around 14,000 earlier in the week, but there are still tens of thousands of other Haitian refugees further south, still awaiting a chance to enter the United States. There are as many as 30,000 Haitians in Colombia who may seek to travel north, and Panama expects 80,000 migrants to cross its borders by the end of this year. Leaders from South and Central America have expressed concern over the unprecedented flow of migrants. Over 97% of Haitians migrating to the United States did not come directly from Haiti, but were instead residents of other countries. It is believed that many Haitians attempting to enter the United States have been living elsewhere since the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010.


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