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WATCH: Five Minute News 12/21/21: Joe Manchin, Omicron, Hong Kong Elections

WATCH: Five Minute News 12/21/21: Joe Manchin, Omicron, Hong Kong Elections

The Five Minute News is a daily podcast from Meidas Touch and journalist Anthony Davis, condensing a few of the top global news stories of the day into a few short minutes so listeners can start their day informed about current events without getting bogged down in drama and opinion.

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Monday’s episode addresses Senator Joe Manchin’s announcement that he won’t support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan, the growing concern as the highly-contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19 makes its way through the population, and drastically reduced voter turnout in the elections in Hong Kong.

You can view the entire episode below, or find the Five Minute News on your favorite podcasting app.

Conservative Democrat Senator Manchin chose Fox News, a far-right propaganda network, to announce that he won’t back his party’s bill that was touted as a response to social and environmental issues, Davis reports. There, Manchin declared that he had “tried everything humanly possible” but could not continue to vote on the legislation, unless it could be redone as a much smaller package. Press Secretary Jen Psaki called this a “sudden and inexplicable reversal” on Manchin’s behalf, as well as a “breach of his commitments,” saying he’d have to explain to his constituents why they’ll be forced to deal with higher health-care and childcare costs.

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As the Omicron variant rages around the world, Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that in the U.S., the greatest problem for the hospital system si that so many people who are eligible to be vaccinated have not done so. A surge of breakthrough infections is expected through the holiday season. Doctors are also warning that the drugs they’ve used to treat COVID-19 patients are unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant.

Only about 1/3 of Hong Kong voters cast a ballot in the first election since Beijing amended laws to ensure that only candidates loyal to China can run, and to reduce the number of directly-elected lawmakers.

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