Jobs, Brazil, NBA: your Tuesday night briefing

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Have a good evening. Here is the latest at the end of Tuesday.

1. The economic recovery is still waiting for the workers.

Despite the reopening of schools and the end of some federal aid, many people are in no rush to get a job. In the United States, more than 10 million jobs are vacant and five million fewer people are working than before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Economists point to the overlapping factors: health problems, childcare problems and accumulated savings make it much more selective. Workers at the top and bottom of the income scale have leverage. “It’s like the whole country is in some kind of union renegotiation,” said one economist.

Psychology may also play a role: Polls suggest the pandemic has caused many people to rethink their priorities.

Separately, Democrats agreed to scale back the IRS plan to try to crack down on tax fraud, bowing to the banking industry backlash.

2. Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian President, is expected to face charges of mass murder for his mismanagement of the pandemic, a report from the Brazilian Senate should say.

The report, excerpts of which were viewed by The Times ahead of its scheduled publication this week, claims Bolsonaro has allowed the coronavirus to spread across the country and kill hundreds of thousands in an unsuccessful attempt to gain immunity collective and revive the economy. He also recommends criminal proceedings against 69 other people, including three of Bolsonaro’s sons.

In other virus news:

3. The House committee on January 6 is expected to recommend this evening to insult Stephen Bannon for defying a subpoena.

Bannon, an outside adviser to Donald Trump, informed the panel that he would challenge the subpoena. Both men have claimed executive privilege to keep secrets in the Capitol riots investigation.

Bannon reportedly contacted Trump on December 30 and urged him to focus his efforts on January 6, the committee said. In a meeting the day before the violence, Bannon reportedly said, “Hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”

If passed by committee, the criminal contempt citation will go to the plenary chamber, where Democrats have the votes to approve it. The case would then be referred to the Ministry of Justice, which would be faced with a delicate case with few precedents.

Separately, in the spring of 2020, Trump’s defense secretary rescinded a proposal to send up to 250,000 U.S. troops to seal the border with Mexico.

4. The gang that kidnapped 17 people in Haiti associated with a Christian group based in the United States demanded $ 1 million for each person, said a Haitian official.

The country’s justice minister said that “often these gangs know that these demands cannot be met and they will consider a counter-offer from the families,” adding that the gang has not set a deadline and negotiations could take weeks. Those kidnapped – 16 Americans and one Canadian, including five children – were captured in a suburb of Port-au-Prince, the capital, over the weekend.

Separately, the treatment of Haitians apprehended in Del Rio, Texas last month prompted civil rights groups to push for changes to what defenders see as mistreatment of black migrants who have crossed administrations.

5. Fleeing for India, thousands of refugees have left Myanmar as the military junta there suppresses dissent. Aid groups say an even bigger increase is underway.

The Tatmadaw, as the Myanmar army is called, has targeted areas that are home to thousands of armed civilians who call themselves the People’s Defense Forces. Government forces launched rockets at residential neighborhoods, set houses on fire and fired at fleeing civilians, residents said.

In Chin state, which borders India, an entire town of about 12,000 people nearly emptied last month. Indian government policy is to keep borders closed to refugees, but many residents of border towns are unofficially helping those fleeing Myanmar.

7. Vladimir Putin, Russian President, has long dismissed the threat of global warming. But fires, disasters and foreign pressure in the country have caused it to change course.

Last week, Putin said Russia would stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2060, due to EU plans for tariffs on heavily polluting countries, which threaten exports of Russia. Its plans are set on the 600-mile-long island of Sakhalin, where the regional government has pledged to become Russia’s first ‘carbon neutral’ region by 2025, using forestry and unproven mathematics. .

In other climate news, Africa’s last mountain glaciers could disappear within two decades, a troubling sign of the disproportionate effects of climate change on the continent. And four years after Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico’s power grid in shambles, unreliable electricity remains common.

9. Asada carnage. Bloody cocktails. Grilled cheese of darkness.

Several gore-obsessed restaurants have opened across the country since last Halloween, with creative names and even more creative menus. An expert said horror restaurants could be a safe way to have fun with scary things in painful times. “People can relate to a screaming face,” said the co-owner of Terror Tacos, a horror-themed vegan restaurant in St. Louis.

Scary movies and TV shows have helped some people deal with their anxieties better, according to a 2020 study. Here are five horror movies to stream right now.

10. And finally, the cabinet of curiosities of a great master magician.

When Ricky Jay died in 2018, he left a work rooted in skill and wonder. He has also amassed over 10,000 rare books, art and ephemera, on conjurers, card tricks, charlatans and amazing animals – a vast collection that has transformed his Beverly Hills home into a library of research dedicated to the human desire to be duped.

Today, nearly 2,000 of these objects will be offered at a Sotheby’s auction which will begin on October 27. in 28 minutes, and the 1898 window card vividly illustrating the latest achievement of Kellar, another legendary magician: “Self Decapitation”.

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