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Evan Vucci / AP

  • "As Trump prepared for Riyadh visit, Saudis blocked U.S. on terrorist sanctions," by WashPost's Joby Warrick: "The plan to add the Islamic State's Saudi affiliate to a U.N. list of terrorist groups was quietly killed two weeks ago in a bureaucratic maneuver at the U.N. Security Council."
  • "Corporate A-Listers Descend on Riyadh for Trump's CEO Summit," by Bloomberg's Anthony Capaccio and Kevin Cirilli: "Defense contractors were the big winners, but ... Trump's first day in Saudi Arabia yielded a slew of high-profile investment deals that showcased the administration's ability to draw support from major corporations."
  • "To Saudis, ... Trump has become 'Abu [father of] Ivanka,'" by L.A. Times' Molly Hennessy-Fiske: "Saudi Arabia's fascination with Ivanka Trump highlights how far women have advanced in the kingdom, and how much further they have to go.
  • NYT's Peter Baker and Mike Shear: "Trump and his team made clear they are willing to publicly overlook repression in places like Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states ... as long as they are allies in areas the president considers more important, namely security and economics."
  • WSJ's Carol Lee: "Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Pledge $100 Million to World Bank's Women Entrepreneurs Fund: Donation to be announced at event with Ivanka Trump, an advocate for businesswomen who proposed the fund." (White House notes it's not her fund — she's championing the issue and gave them the idea.)
  • AP: Trump said this morning "he would accept an invitation made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to visit Egypt. ... Trump was also overheard complimenting el-Sisi's shoes."
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  1. Health: Louisiana officials find "probable" Omicron case in cruise ship COVID outbreak — CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise" — Two years of COVID-19.
  2. Vaccines: Data demonstrates most-vaccinated counties less vulnerable to worst of COVID — Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters.
  3. Politics: NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private employers — Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy.
  4. World: U.S. announces $400M for global COVID vaccine distribution — Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles downWHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
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NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private employers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Monday announced a new COVID vaccine mandate for all private companies.

Why it matters: De Blasio, speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," said the "first-in-the-nation measure" will go into effect starting Dec. 27. It will apply to approximately 184,000 businesses.

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2 hours ago - Economy & Business

A big part of America's supply chain is for sale

Illustration: Allie Carl, Sarah Grillo/Axios

America's supply chain crisis is a series of intersecting bottlenecks, including insufficient labor and warehouse space, all driven by surging U.S. consumer behavior. But one piece has gotten short-shift on the attention meter: Chassis, the steel frames on which trucks carry shipping containers.

Driving the news: Apollo Global Management is seeking a buyer for Direct ChassisLink, the largest U.S. intermodal chassis provider, as first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed by Axios.

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