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Top eight stories for today including the EU and China are poised to reach a major deal that opens China’s lucrative domestic markets to European companies; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to schedule a vote on the House-passed bill that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000; Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including the EU and China are poised to reach a major deal that opens China’s lucrative domestic markets to European companies; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to schedule a vote on the House-passed bill that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000; Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and more.

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National

1.) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused Tuesday to schedule a vote on the House-passed bill that would increase the Covid-19 stimulus checks for Americans from $600 to $2,000. 

The Capitol is seen through tree branches, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

2.) A federal appeals court has sided with more than a dozen members of Congress in their attempt to get their hands on details about the Trump Organization’s lease on the luxury hotel located in the capital’s historic Old Post Office building.

The Trump International Hotel is seen, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

3.) President-elect Joe Biden hit the Trump administration again Tuesday, saying its plan to distribute coronavirus vaccines to the American people is insufficient as the pandemic continues to spread out of control in all corners of the nation. 

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

4.) Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, 22 days out from Inauguration Day.

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris campaigns for Democratic U.S. Senate challengers the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ga. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

5.) The Trump administration failed to satisfy the requirements of a landmark settlement when it sought to impose new rules governing the detention and release of immigrant children in federal custody and therefore cannot terminate the agreement, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Tuesday.

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, an asylum-seeking boy from Central America runs down a hallway after arriving from an immigration detention center to a shelter in San Diego. The Trump administration will make a case in court to end a longstanding settlement governing detention conditions for immigrant children, including how long they can be held by the government. A hearing is scheduled before a federal judge Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles over the so-called Flores settlement. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Regional

6.) A Sixth Circuit panel ruled Tuesday that Cincinnati school officials are not entitled to governmental immunity from civil rights claims brought by the estate of an 8-year-old who committed suicide after repeated bullying.

Gabriel Taye, who died by suicide in January 2017 after being bullied at Carson Elementary School in Cincinnati. (Photo via Gabriel B. Taye Foundation/Facebook)

International

7.) In a blow to President-elect Joe Biden, the European Union and China are poised to reach a major deal that opens China’s lucrative domestic markets to European companies and includes commitments from the repressive Chinese regime to beef up its environmental goals and ban forced labor.

A man wearing a face mask walks past statues of bulls in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Asian stock markets fell further Friday on spreading virus fears, deepening an global rout after Wall Street endured its biggest one-day drop in nine years. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

8.) Even with the pandemic keeping many journalists out of the field, there were only three fewer members of the media killed in 2020 as compared with last year, according to an annual tally out Tuesday from Reporters Without Borders.

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