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US, Mexico to reinstate the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy
On December 2nd, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it was working with the Government of Mexico (GOM) to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) - aka the "Remain in Mexico" policy - following a federal court order. As per the MPP, people seeking asylum in the US need to wait in Mexico while officials consider their asylum claims. The Biden administration had suspended and eventually terminated the Trump-era policy upon taking office.
 
US, EU hold dialogue on China in Washington
On December 2nd, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman and European External Action Service Secretary-General Stefano Sannino participated in the US-EU Dialogue on China in Washington, DC. The US Department of State and the European External Action Service voiced "strong concern" regarding China's actions in the South and East China Seas and the Taiwan Strait, citing that they may undermine the peace and stability of the region.
 
Blinken warns Lavrov in Stockholm
US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, warned Moscow of the "severe costs" Russia would pay if it invaded Ukraine. The warning was delivered to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a meeting in Stockholm.
 
Nine Trump-aligned lawyers to pay $175K in sanctions
Nine Trump-aligned lawyers, who sued public officials over claims of illegally manipulating votes during the 2020 elections in Michigan, have been ordered to pay $175,000, total, in sanctions. US District Judge Linda Parker ordered nine attorneys, including Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, to cover the legal costs of defending the suits.
 
Governor Charlie Baker will not seek reelection
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced that they will not seek re-election in 2022. Baker and Polito stated, "Serving as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts has been the most challenging and fulfilling jobs we’ve ever had. We will forever be grateful to the people of this state for giving us this great honor."
 
Stacey Abrams announces bid for GA Governor
On December 1st, Democratic activist Stacey Abrams announced that she will be a candidate in the 2022 Georgia Governor elections. Abrams' 2022 campaign will mark her second bid for GA Governor after she lost to Brian Kemp in the 2018 GA gubernatorial elections.
 
Russia warns the US of diplomatic expulsion
On Wednesday, the Biden administration warned Russia of "high impact" US sanctions. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Russia's troop buildup on the Ukrainian border resembles what happened in 2014 before Russia invaded Ukraine and seized the Crimean peninsula.
 
Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows cooperating with the January 6th panel
On Tuesday, the January 6th investigatory panel stated that former White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, is cooperating with the House Select Committee. Meadows had failed to appear before the panel earlier this month, becoming the second person after former Trump advisor, Steve Bannon, to defy the subpoena.
 
CNN’s Chris Cuomo suspended over assistance given to brother
CNN has suspended anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely over the help he gave his older brother (the ex-Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo). Former Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to avoid a possible impeachment trial over multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
 
Dr. Oz to run for Senate seat in Pennsylvania
Celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz announced Tuesday that he is running for Pennsylvania's US Senate seat as a Republican. Oz, 61, is best known as the host of 'The Dr. Oz Show' and for his appearances on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'.