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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.
 
First COVID-19 Omicron case detected in the US
On December 1st, the CDC confirmed that the first COVID-19 case caused by the new Omicron variant has been detected in the US, in California. The University of California, San Francisco performed genomic sequencing of the sample, and the CDC confirmed that the sequence was consistent with that of the new Omicron variant.
 
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.
 
The CDC now recommends booster shots for 18 and older
On November 30th, the CDC updated its COVID-19 vaccine booster shot recommendation following the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The CDC now recommends that people aged 18 and older receive booster doses either six months after the initial Pfizer or Moderna series vaccination or two months after the initial Janssen series vaccination.
 
Three killed, eight injured in MI high school shooting
Three students were fatally shot, and eight people were injured in a high school shooting incident at Oxford High School, MI, on November 30th. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office identified the deceased as Hanna St. Julian (14), Tate Myre (16), and Madisyn Baldwin (17). Six of the eight injured are in stable condition, while two are in surgery.