Biden departs D.C. for Milwaukee to make case for coronavirus relief plan
President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Wisconsin on Tuesday, one of the first official stops of his presidency, where he’ll participate in a CNN Town Hall at 9 p.m. ET. The White House said Biden will use the trip to make the case for passage of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. The town hall will be held at Pabst Theater, which hasn’t hosted a big event since March 2020 due to the pandemic. The event will be socially distanced, with the president fielding questions from a small, invitation-only audience of Democrats, Republicans and independents. Anderson Cooper will serve as moderator. It’s scheduled to run for an hour.
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More severe weather on the heels of ‘unprecedented’ winter storm
More severe weather is expected Tuesday, on the heels of an “unprecedented” winter storm that assaulted much of the nation Monday, killing at least four people, leaving millions without power in Texas and wreaking travel havoc across a wide swath of the nation. More than 150 million people were under a winter storm warning, winter weather advisory or ice storm warning in 25 states, stretching over 2,000 miles from southern Texas to northern Maine, the National Weather Service said. Bitter, record-smashing cold accompanied the storm, breaking hundreds of daily record low temperatures during this prolonged “polar plunge.” Another storm is forecast to blanket the Plains with snow Tuesday before pelting eastern Texas to southwestern Tennessee with freezing rain Tuesday night, the NWS said. More than 50 million people could see temperatures dip below zero during the next several days, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Outages were widespread Monday, and over 5 million have been left in the dark and cold.
New Orleans mutes Mardi Gras amid pandemic
New Orleans is tamping down its annual Mardi Gras celebrations this week and health officials in other cities are warning would-be revelers to do the same amid a spike in coronavirus variant cases across the nation. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell ordered bars closed during the Mardi Gras weekend that started Friday and runs through Tuesday. Parades are canceled and there are limits on gatherings. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the annual pre-Lenten bash celebrated along much of the Gulf Coast. Last year’s revelry is believed to have contributed to an early surge that made Louisiana a coronavirus hot spot.
Bill Gates confronts climate change in new book
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and global health philanthropist, said the past four years have been a wasted opportunity to combat the threat of a warming planet. But he said achieving President Joe Biden’s ambitious goals of decarbonizing the energy sector by 2035 and attaining net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is within reach. In his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need,” Gates details his ideas for addressing the climate crisis. Publishers Weekly says, “those looking for an accessible review of how global warming can be countered will find this a handy – and maybe even hope-inspiring – guide.” The book goes on sale Tuesday.
Naomi Osaka advances in Australian Open
Naomi Osaka advanced on Tuesday to a potential semifinal showdown against Serena Williams at the Australian Open. Osaka earned her 19th victory in a row by overpowering Hsieh Su-wei 6-2, 6-2, and will next meet the winner of the quarterfinal match Tuesday between Williams and No. 2-seeded Simona Halep. Osaka’s winning streak includes a U.S. Open title in September for her third Grand Slam championship. The streak also includes her fourth-round win last week, when she saved two match points and swept the final four games to overtake Garbiñe Muguruza. Osaka is 4-0 in Grand Slam quarterfinals, including a victory en route to the Australian Open title in 2019. Against Williams her record is 2-1, but they haven’t played each other since 2019.