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Melania Trump's tips for protecting kids online (right) are nearly identical to a 2014 FTC brochure (left).

The most striking thing about anti-cyberbullying tips released by Melania Trump Monday was just how much was taken straight from a 2014 FTC pamphlet. Reporters and bloggers immediately seized on the similarities, which included a near-identical cover and almost verbatim passages.

Why it matters: The effort has been greeted with skepticism since it was announced, given the President's propensity to use his Twitter account to mock and pillory political opponents.

The guide, titled "Talking with Kids About Being Online," is very similar to the FTC's earlier "Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids about Being Online," though the former includes a foreword from the First Lady.

What they're saying: A White House spokeswoman said the pamphlet was released in partnership with the FTC, which first released the popular guide in 2009. It was updated and edited to reflect the First Lady's event.

  • The FTC today praised the First Lady in a blog post on the initiative: "We’re excited that the First Lady is sharing this important information with families across the country... Thank you for your leadership in protecting kids, Mrs. Trump."

Update: This post has been updated to include information from the White House.

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Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”

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  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.