Want to catch up with the news quickly? Here are the top stories from Monday, December 4, 2023.
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1. Respiratory illnesses are on the rise: how to protect yourself
Emergency rooms across the country have noted a spike in respiratory illnesses as winter weather rolls in. With the holiday season in full swing, cases are expected to continue rising, but there are ways to lower your risk of getting sick.
Healthcare professionals recommend to get vaccinated against the flu, COVID-19, and RSV, to wear a mask in crowded settings, and to wash hands frequently.
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2. Reactions pour in for George Santos' historic expulsion
George Santos' career in Congress may have been brief, but it was also highly contentious. House of Representatives members had no shortage of words for the disgraced congressman after he was ousted on Friday for spending campaign money on luxury goods and Onlyfans, among other things.
“Good riddance,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) wrote on X. Rep. Brandon Williams (R-N.Y.) said in his salute to Santos that his expulsion was “long overdue.” Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas), was particularly scathing when she wrote: “George Santos is a symptom of a disease festering within his party.”
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3. Trump lawyers claim election subversion is "free speech"
Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in court Friday that his Georgia election subversion charges should be thrown out, as they “violates free speech.” They also noted if Trump wins the 2024 election, the trial will be postponed anyway, until he completes his second term.
Trump continues to claim that the charges brought against him are an attempt to undermine his chances at winning the presidency in 2024. Prosecutor Nathan Wade said that the state “has no interest in interfering or getting involved in this presidential election” and that their “sole purpose is to move this case forward.”
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