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The Respect for Marriage Act, which would offer federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, passed the Senate on Nov. 29 when 12 Republicans joined all present Democrats in voting in favor of the bill (Photo courtesy of Flickr/“Obergefell v. Hodges Decision Announced” by Jay Popovich. June 26, 2015). 

Respect for Marriage Act passes Senate in bipartisan vote

The Respect for Marriage Act, which would offer federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, passed the Senate on Nov. 29 when 12 Republicans joined all present Democrats in voting in favor of the bill, according to NBC. On Dec. 8, the bill also passed in the House, gaining bipartisan support in a 258-169-1 vote. Thirty nine Republicans voted to pass the bill, along with all Democrats, according to CNBC.

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David DePape, 42, has been charged with six counts relating to the attack on Paul Pelosi on Oct. 28. (Wikimedia Commons/“Paul Pelosi 2022” by Quirinale.it/June 28, 2022).

Paul Pelosi attacker currently being held without bail

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was assaulted at his San Francisco home on Oct. 28. David DePape, 42, has been charged with six counts relating to the attack, including attempted murder, burglary, assault, false imprisonment and threatening the family member of a public official. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts. 

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Ukrainian forces began advancing through the key city of Kherson on Nov. 11 as Russian forces retreated, signifying a major victory for Kyiv (Flickr/“Volodymyr Zelenskyy took part in hoisting the State Flag of Ukraine in liberated Kherson” by President of Ukraine. November 14, 2022). 

Ukraine reclaims Kherson after months of Russian occupation

Ukrainian forces began advancing through the key city of Kherson on Nov. 11 as Russian forces retreated, signifying a major victory for Kyiv. They encountered little to no resistance as they reclaimed the city that had experienced months of Russian occupation, according to CNN. Kherson was the only regional capital that was captured by Moscow since the initial invasion in February. 

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NASA’s Artemis Ⅰ mission has once again been delayed due to unpleasant weather conditions. Originally meant to launch Nov. 14, the rocket will now be prepared for Nov. 16 (Flickr/“Artemis I” by DLR_next. July 29, 2022).

NASA’s mission to the moon delayed due to Tropical Storm Nicole

NASA’s Artemis Ⅰ mission has once again been delayed due to hazardous weather conditions. Originally meant to launch Nov. 14, the rocket will now be prepared for Nov. 16. The Artemis mission is the first step of the greater Orion mission, in which NASA will launch a rocket to and from the moon with hopes of eventually sending more people to the moon.

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President Biden’s plan for student loan forgiveness is facing legal challenges, even as over 20 million people have already applied for the program. (Flickr/”Oh, these student loans!” by CafeCredit, November 5, 2016).

Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Facing Legal Troubles

Student loans may be relieved with President Joe Biden’s new plan for forgiving up to $10,000 in student loan debt for people earning less than $125,000 a year, as well as up to $20,000 for people who have received Pell Grants. These reforms are planned to be implemented in July 2023; however, they were blocked by a federal appeals court after six states sued the Biden Administration. 

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Rishi Sunak has become the next Prime Minister of the U.K., following Liz Truss’s resignation after just 44 days in office. (Flickr/Rishi Sunak MP/Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Govt. ​​January 9, 2018).

Rishi Sunak becomes next PM as Truss fails to deliver on economic relief

Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation after a short 44 days in office, the shortest tenure in the last 300 years of British history, according to AP. Her term was marked by economic turmoil after the introduction of her tax cut plan aimed at the highest earners and biggest corporations in the country, rocking financial markets and resulting in rebellion within her own Conservative party. Former finance minister under Boris Johnson’s premiership, Rishi Sunak, is set to take over as the leader of the Conservative Party. 

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Researchers at Florida State University studied the effects that Covid-19 had on individuals’ personalities from the early to the late-stage pandemic which showed significant changes in personality, especially in younger people (Flickr/“Personality” by EpicTop10.com. November 10, 2019).

Neurological effects of Covid-19 start to emerge

In a September study, researchers at Florida State University studied the effects that Covid-19 had on individuals’ personalities from the early-to-late-stage pandemic. They found significant changes in personality, especially in younger people. Other studies have produced similar results, and millions of people may be out of work due to Long Covid.

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Protests have erupted across Iran in opposition to the country’s brutal authoritarian regime led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, intensified by the killing of Mahsa Amini. (Wikimedia Commons/“Students of Amir Kabir university protest against Hijab and the Islamic Republic” by Darafsh - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0. Sept. 20, 2022).

Protests Triggered in Iran after Death of Mahsa Amini

Protests have erupted across Iran in opposition to the country’s authoritarian regime led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested by the morality police in Tehran. She allegedly did not wear her headscarf the right way, which violated the dress code mandated for Iranian women, according to Newsweek. 

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