The Evening: Bipartisan Stimulus Plan, China Accused, Reelin’ In The Years and More

Bipartisan Stimulus Plan

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a coronavirus aid proposal worth about $908 billion today, aiming to break a months-long partisan impasse over emergency federal relief for the U.S. economy amid the ongoing pandemic, as the Washington Post reports.

Pfizer, Moderna Request Covid-19 Vaccine Authorization in Europe

Pfizer and Moderna both applied for their coronavirus vaccines to be approved in the European Union, the EU’s chief medicines regulator said today, with officials expected to make a decision on at least one of the vaccines by the end of the month, as the WSJ report .

U.S. Accuses China of 'Flagrant' North Korea Violations, Offers $5 Million Reward

The United States accused China today of “flagrant violation” of its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea and offered rewards of up to $5 million for information about sanctions evasions, as Reuters reports.

Coronavirus Crisis Update

The Coronavirus Crisis Update podcast brings you the latest updates and analysis from CSIS experts and the leaders directing the global response. Past guests include NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, White House Chief of Staff-designate Ron Klain, IHME Director Chris Murray, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), Former FDA Comissioner Peggy Hamburg, and more. Listen on Apple Podcasts & Spotify.

Video Shorts

Check out CSIS’s new series of video shorts: “Data Unpacked,” Testify,” “What's Happening,” “Preview,” and “High Resolution.” And don’t forget to subscribe to the CSIS YouTube Channel!

In That Number

30%

After three weeks of lockdown, cases in England have dropped 30 percent.

Source: NYT

Critical Quote

“A hundred percent of Americans that want the vaccine will have had the vaccine by that point in time.”

— Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, director of supply, production, and distribution for Operation Warp Speed when asked about his expectations regarding how many Americans will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by June.

iDeas Lab

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A new China Power feature finds that about 46.9 percent ($28.8 billion) of China’s rail construction contracts were concentrated in Asia. Within the region, the lion’s share (61.1 percent) of contracts went to nine Southeast Asian countries.

The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and multimedia.

Optics

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(Photo credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images.) Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) speaks alongside a bipartisan group of Democrat and Republican members of Congress as they announce a proposal for a Covid-19 relief bill today.

Recommended Reading

Time to Address the Intersecting Crises of Covid-19, HIV, and Gender Inequality," by CSIS's Janet Fleischmann.

This Town Tomorrow

Tomorrow, at 12:30 p.m., CSIS hosts David E. Sanger, national security correspondent for the New York Times, for a conversation on the new HBO documentary The Perfect Weapon and on the cybersecurity challenges the incoming Biden administration will face.

Then, at 2:00 p.m., the United States Institute of Peace hosts former Secretary of State George P. Shultz for a panel discussion on what rapid technological changes, shifting global demographics, and geopolitical shifts mean for global democracy, economies, and security.

Later, at 4:00 p.m., the Brookings Institution will host Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the United States, for a conversation on the future of U.S.-Russia relations under a Biden administration on issues including nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, regional security, and the Arctic.

Video

CSIS today hosted a discussion with the Korea Foundation on the current state of North Korea’s economy, examining the impact of sanctions, Covid-19, and natural disasters on North Korea’s trade, industry, markets, and finance sector. Watch the full event here.

Podcasts

Die Welt

The first episode of CSIS's relaunched AIDS 2021 podcast explores pre-exposure prophylaxis—PrEP—a critical HIV prevention tool for adolescent girls and young women in countries with high HIV burdens.

Listen on Apple Podcasts & Spotify.

Smiles

Live footage of Steely Dan in their prime is rare. I came across this clip I’d not seen before and it is glorious—Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and the late, great Walter Becker locked into the groove is complete bliss. As many of you who read this know, Baxter is a bona fide national security expert in addition to being a guitar virtuoso. Baxter is even a personal friend to some of you!

For me, the riff on “Reelin’ in the Years” is magic and stands the test of time. This clip got me to a great place, I hope it does for you all too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57MP5YcCABA.