News Wrap: 6% of NYC’s work force placed on unpaid leave for defying vaccine mandate

In our news wrap Monday, 6% of New York City's workforce went on unpaid leave for failing to get vaccinated. Rebels from Ethiopia's Tigray province appeared to be advancing toward the capital, Addis Ababa, and claimed they seized two key cities along a major highway over the weekend. American Airlines has cancelled nearly 2,300 since Friday, blaming bad weather and a shortage of workers.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: the tipping point. World leaders convene to combat the worsening global climate crisis as extreme weather events grow more frequent and deadly.

  • Then:

    abortion battle. The future of Texas' restrictive abortion law hangs in the balance, as skeptical Supreme Court justices hear arguments about it.

  • Plus:

    a critical election. The Virginia governor's race looks as if it could be close. Whether it is or isn't, the results are being watched from one end of the country to the other.

    And facing judgment. A high-profile trial begins in Wisconsin following several shooting deaths during last year's violent protests.


  • Judy Woodruff:

    The United Nations climate summit has begun with calls for bold and urgent action.

    In Glasgow, Scotland today, President Biden appealed for the world to act now. He said it's time to answer the call of history.

  • President Joe Biden:

    There's no more time to hang back or sit on a fence or argue amongst ourselves. This is a challenge of our collective lifetimes, the existential threat to human existence as we know it. And every day we delay, the cost of inaction increases.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The president also apologized for President Trump's pulling out of the Paris accord on carbon emissions, a decision Mr. Biden has reversed. Today, his administration released a strategy for the U.S. to run entirely on clean energy by 2050.

    We will return to the climate summit after the news summary.

    The official, worldwide death count from COVID-19 crossed five million today, topped by 746,000 in the United States. That is the highest of any nation in the world. Meanwhile, in New York City, some 9,000 municipal workers, 6 percent of the city's work force, went on unpaid leave for failing to get vaccinated.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio said that's far fewer than anticipated.

    Bill De Blasio (D), Mayor of New York: I want to thank everyone who got vaccinated. I know people had a lot of questions and concerns. Thank you for getting vaccinated.

    Clear contingency plans have been in place, but, as you can see from the numbers vaccinated, different reality than some feared.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Elsewhere, a judge in Chicago blocked a city mandate for police to be vaccinated by December 31.

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today on letting Texas abortion providers and the federal government challenge a strict new state law. For now, the statute has virtually ended abortions in Texas. The justices gave no indication of when they might issue their ruling.

    We will get details later in the program.

    A key congressional moderate is warning fellow Democrats against acting this week on a giant domestic spending bill. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia complained today there are still too many questions about the measure, which totals $1.75 trillion. His vote would be critical in the evenly divided Senate.

  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV):

    I, for one, won't support a multitrillion-dollar bill without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore this serious effects of inflation and debt that have on our economy and existing government programs.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Instead, Manchin demanded that the House of Representatives vote on an infrastructure bill that totals $1.2 trillion. It passed the Senate last summer.

    Pramila Jayapal, who is leader of House progressive Democrats, said today that she is now prepared to vote for the infrastructure bill, citing President Biden's word that the social spending bill will also come up for a vote this week.

    In Ethiopia, rebels from Tigray province appeared to be advancing toward the capital, Addis Ababa. The Tigray forces claimed they seized two key cities along a major highway over the weekend. Ethiopia's prime minister called for national unity, and authorities in Addis Ababa rounded up ethnic Tigrayans today.

    American Airlines canceled hundreds more flights today, making nearly 2, 300 since Friday. The company blamed bad weather and a shortage of flight attendants. Southwest Airlines had similar problems last month.

    And on Wall Street, all three major indexes closed at record highs again. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 94 points to finish near 35914. The Nasdaq rose 97 points. The S&P 500 added eight.

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