Dow Jones Jumps 500 Points After House Stimulus Vote; DraftKings Stock Soars

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Marathon Digital’s Bitcoin Story Faces Some Serious Questions

Marathon Digital (NASDAQ:MARA) has been one of the single biggest winners of the past year. Incredibly, over the past 12 months, MARA stock is up more than 12,000%. Some of that is due to how low shares plunged during March of 2020, of course. But the run has been incredible regardless. As recently as November, MARA stock sold for $2. Now it’s in the high $40s. Source: Shutterstock The reason for the recovery is pretty clear: Bitcoin (CCC:BTC-USD) is back. Last year, crypto’s star had dimmed a bit. But now, with aggressive central bank actions to bolster the economy, traders fear inflation and are buying assets such as Bitcoin as hedges. Marathon Digital, a Bitcoin mining company, has naturally benefitted from the abrupt change in sentiment. However, speculators have gotten ahead of themselves in MARA stock. Marathon Is Still a Tiny

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Several prominent Republican senators skip NDAA vote

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The President-elect said the COVID-19 vaccine distribution is “falling behind” and “not progressing as it should.”


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Several prominent GOP senators skip NDAA vote

The Senate voted to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Friday, the first congressional override of Trump’s presidency and a final rebuke just weeks before he leaves office.


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Two GOP senators test positive for Covid-19, potentially jeopardizing Barrett confirmation vote

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Two Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday that they had tested positive for Covid-19, potentially jeopardizing the GOP’s hopes of swiftly confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court if they were both to remain unable to vote in the full Senate through the end of the month.

Mike Lee, Thom Tillis are posing for a picture: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)

Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina announced they’d tested positive — just days after attending a White House event where President Donald Trump nominated Barrett. Multiple attendees of that event, including Trump, have tested positive in the week since the ceremony, which featured many people not wearing masks and not observing social distancing protocols.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday renewed demands for Republicans to delay Barrett’s confirmation hearings. But Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham told CNN on Friday

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Kosovo coalition partner to file no-confidence vote in government

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PRISTINA (Reuters) – A coalition partner in the Kosovo government will file a motion for a no-confidence vote in the government following the sacking of the interior minister over a dispute whether to declare a state of emergency to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Isa Mustafa, the leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), said the sacking of the interior minister was a culmination of differences between the coalition partners on whether a tariff of 100% on goods produced in Serbia should be abolished.

Kosovo introduced the tariff in November 2018, saying it would be abolished once Belgrade recognised Kosovo. The move halted the dialogue on normalising relations between Belgrade and Pristina and angered the European Union and the United States, which backed Kosovo’s declaration of independence.

Last week, the United States halted some $50 million in aid to Kosovo over its refusal to lift the tariffs.


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