Tellwut US Newsletter - 50 Exclusive Points - December 10 2021

Newsletter 12/10/2021

U.S. plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House confirmed Monday — a move that China has vowed to greet with "firm counter-measures."-CTV News

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Supreme Court appears likely to relax limits on public money for religious education

The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared likely to rule that state programs providing money to parents for their children's high school tuition cannot exclude schools offering religious education. Such a ruling would loosen longstanding restrictions on using taxpayer money to pay for religious instruction. The justices heard 90 minutes of courtroom argument Wednesday involving a program in Maine that makes tuition money available to families living in areas without a public high school, which they can use pay for attendance at public or private schools in other communities. But the money cannot be used to send children to sectarian schools, defined by the state as those that promote a particular faith or belief system and teach material "through the lens of this faith." Several of the court's conservatives suggested they believed the state law is unconstitutional. The court's more liberal justices indicated their support for the current Maine program. Stephen Breyer said it's appropriate for governments to avoid having to referee religious disputes. -NBC

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Pantone unveils Color of the Year for 2022

The Beatles: Get Back, now available to stream on Disney+, follows the legendary band over a 21 day period in January 1969 in which they were stuck with the task of writing a whopping 14 new songs ahead of their first live concert in two years. -Bustle.com

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New Zealand Moves To Ban Anyone Born After 2004 From Cigarettes.

New Zealand said Thursday it will move to ban young people from ever smoking tobacco in the country, gradually phasing out access to cigarettes for the next generation completely. The legislation will effectively increase the smoking age every year in perpetuity from the date it goes into effect. The legal smoking age in New Zealand is 18, meaning if the law begins the first day of 2023 as planned, anyone born after Dec. 31, 2004, would never be able to lawfully smoke tobacco products in their lives.-Huffington Post

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