That came as another 3,067 people died from the coronavirus yesterday, according to the The Covid Project, the second day in a row with more than 3,000 deaths, the first time that's happened in the U.S. since the pandemic began. Also yesterday, Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations that the next two to three months will be grim, saying, "We are in the timeframe now that probably for the next 60 to 90 days we're going to have more deaths per day than we had at 9/11 or we had at Pearl Harbor."
Treasury yields fall as Congress remains deadlocked on stimulus https://t.co/MZE4jUDJZu— CNBC (@CNBC) December 11, 2020
➤MCCONNELL SAYS GOP SENATORS WON'T SUPPORT EMERGING BIPARTISAN CORONAVIRUS AID BILL: As a bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers were working on a emerging $900 billion coronavirus aid package, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dealt the effort a major blow yesterday when he said Republican senators won’t support a provision for $160 billion in state and local funds as part of a potential trade-off for the liability protection from coronavirus-related lawsuit he wants for businesses and organizations. McConnell described the state and local aid, for places that have been hard-hit economically due to the pandemic, as, quote, "controversial state bailouts." Before the statement from McConnell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had reported headway on reaching a deal.
➤FEDERAL EXECUTION CARRIED OUT, RARE DURING TRANSITION: The administration carried out the execution of a federal prisoner yesterday, its ninth of the year and part of several taking place during the transition, the first time that's happened in 130 years. Brandon Bernard was put to death by lethal injection in a U.S. prison in Indiana, despite appeals to President Trump for a pardon from several high-profile figures, including Kim Kardashian. The 40-year-old Bernard had been convicted in the murder of a religious couple more than two decades ago when he was 18. Bernard and four other teenagers abducted and robbed Todd and Stacie Bagley on their way from a Sunday service in Texas. Bernard didn't shoot the couple, but he poured lighter fluid on the car and set it on fire with their bodies in the trunk.
- Zoom CEO Eric Yuan as Businessperson of the Year.
- Activists Assa Traore, Porche Bennett-Bey and racial-justice organizers; frontline health workers; and Fauci as Guardians of the Year.
- NBA superstar LeBron James of the L.A. Lakers as Athlete of the Year.
- Korean boy band BTS as Entertainer of the Year.
➤BEN & JERRY CREATED COLIN KAEPERNICK INSPIRED ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Progressive ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's has created a new flavor inspired by Colin Kaepernick, introducing the Change the Whirled flavor yesterday. It's actually a vegan ice cream, made with caramel non-dairy sunflower butter and fudge chips with graham crackers and chocolate cookies swirled in. Ben & Jerry's said it created the flavor to celebrate, quote, "Kaepernick's courageous work to confront systemic oppression and to stop police violence against Black and Brown people." Kaepernick said he was "honored" to partner with Ben & Jerry's on the flavor, saying in a statement, "My hope is that this partnership will amplify calls to defund and abolish the police and to invest in futures that can make us safer, healthier, and truly free." Kaepernick's portion of the proceeds from the ice cream flavor will go to support his "Know Your Rights" organization, which teaches Black and Brown children about how to deal with police interactions.
🏈RAMS PUMMEL PATRIOTS 24-3: The Los Angeles Rams pummeled the New England Patriots 24-3 last night at home, with Pats quarterback Cam Newton getting sacked four times before being pulled for the final three series in the fourth quarter. Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 137 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for touchdown, and it was breakout night for L.A.'s rookie running back Cam Akers, who rushed for 171 yards. The loss officially ended the Patriots' NFL-record streak of 17 straight seasons with at least 10 wins.
🏈MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL CANCELLATIONS, BC OPTS OUT OF BOWL GAME: Four more major college football games that were scheduled for Saturday were canceled yesterday due to positive coronavirus tests, including Number 13 Oklahoma's game against West Virginia and Number 23 Texas' matchup with Kansas. That brings the total to 10 for the week. Meanwhile, Boston College opted out of playing in a bowl game, becoming the first school to pass on an opportunity for the postseason. BC said the decision was made so players can spend Christmas with their families, with athletic director Pat Kraft telling reporters, "A lot of these young men haven’t hugged their loved ones since June."
🏈ARMY-NAVY GAME AT WEST POINT FOR FIRST TIME IN 77 YEARS: The annual Army-Navy college football game is being played at West Point this Saturday for the first time in 77 years, with the two service academies agreeing to the move from its usual site in Philadelphia due to attendance limits because of the coronavirus. It's in West Point because it was Army's turn to be the home team in the 121st meeting between the rivals. Fans won't be allowed at Michie Stadium, but academy students will be, and President Trump also plans to be on hand for the game.
🏀IRVING, NETS FINED FOR HIM NOT SPEAKING TO REPORTERS: The NBA fined Kyrie Irving and his team, the Brooklyn Nets, $25,000 each yesterday because the point guard has refused to speak to the media so far during the preseason. The NBA said Irving has refused several times this week to take part in team media availability, which is being held via Zoom due to the pandemic. Irving said in a statement last week to address his media silence, "My goal this season is to let my work on and off the court speak for itself. Life hit differently this year and it requires us, it requires me, to move differently. So, this is the beginning of that change."
🚨ACE ALERT🚨— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) December 10, 2020
Amy Olson makes the first hole-in-one of the tournament on the 16th to bring her to one-under par. 💯pic.twitter.com/BJAQGfpGMi
🏌OLSON LEADING AFTER FIRST ROUND OF U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN: American Amy Olson is at the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the U.S. Women's Open yesterday at Champions Golf Club Cypress Creek in Houston. She also got a hole-in-one along the way to the lead, getting the ball in with one swing on her seventh hole, with was the 16th at Cypress Creek. She ended the round at 4-under 67, with a one-shot lead over three players tied for second.