Happy Thursday! We regret to inform you that the ninth work stoppage in Major League Baseball has officially begun after ownership and the players’ union failed to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. Here’s hoping they figure it all out by Opening Day!
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Democrats and Republicans did not come to an agreement on a short-term continuing resolution on Wednesday, leaving lawmakers with less than 48 hours to work out a deal before the government shuts down Friday at midnight. A group of GOP officials have expressed interest in shutting the government down over the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but several party leaders pushed back on the idea yesterday. “I think we’re going to be okay,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.
The Centers for Disease Control announced Wednesday that the first confirmed U.S. case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant was detected in California in a person who had returned from South Africa on November 22, adding that the individual “had mild symptoms that are improving.” The CDC issued a directive requiring airlines to provide the public health agency with the names and contact information of passengers arriving in the United States after November 29 from several countries in southern Africa.
Women’s Tennis Association CEO Steve Simon announced Wednesday that the organization is immediately suspending all tournaments in China and Hong Kong in light of what he deemed the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) continued censorship of Peng Shuai and her sexual assault allegation against a former CCP leader. “Unless China takes the steps we have asked for, we cannot put our players and staff at risk by holding events in China,” he said.