The Rundown Newsletter Returns

America In Context Returns

Happy Wednesday,

I’m relaunching this newsletter! Here’s some stuff you may have missed and you should know.


  • According to Johns Hopkins University, today’s COVID-19 U.S. death count is approx. 448,000. That’s roughly the population of Virginia Beach, VA. 

  • Approx. 2.25 million global deaths total. That’s roughly the population of Houston, Texas (my hometown)

  • Approx. 26.4 million U.S. cases total, that’s roughly the population of Texas.

From Today’s Business Brief:

Senator Elizabeth Warren is slated to introduce legislation calling for a wealth tax. Meanwhile, Spotify's paid subscriber base grows to 155 million. Here are the big business news stories dominating the headlines on this Wednesday. Remember you can catch this on select ABC, CBS, CW, Fox and NewsNet affiliated stations. 

**Thanks to NewsNet’s Northern Michigan affiliate for posting it on their Youtube**



 1. Healthcare Workers Stuck in Snowy Traffic With Expiring COVID Vaccines Go Car to Car Offering Them to Drivers (Good News Network)

2. EXCLUSIVE: Attorney Lin Wood under investigation over whether he voted illegally in November, officials say (WSB-TV

3. The US Needed More 24/7 Vaccine Centers Yesterday (Courier) **I wrote this**

4. When Can You Trust At-Home COVID-19 Tests? (Observer) **I wrote this**

5. Will Forte Is Sorry for the Pandemic Jokes in ‘Last Man on Earth’ (Observer) **I wrote this**


The Distraction

Every edition we will share a movie, clip, song, antidote or something that we’re into right now to help distract you from all the noise in the world. Here’s what we got for today:

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By Andy Hirschfeld
Andy Hirschfeld is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. He’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including Al Jazeera English, Observer, The Daily Dot, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, CS Monitor, OZY, Fortune, and Mic among others. He’s the anchor of Business Brief, a nationally syndicated business news update and interview program. Previously he produced for CBS and CNN.