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Good morning. It's Saturday, Dec. 3, and in this weekend edition, we're covering a new aircraft for the US Air Force, Alex Jones' bankruptcy filing, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.


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America's Newest Warplane

The US Air Force yesterday evening debuted America's first new nuclear stealth bomber in more than 30 years. The aircraft, known as the B-21 Raider, is part of the Pentagon's efforts to modernize all three pillars of its nuclear triad, consisting of nuclear missile submarines, land-based nuclear missiles, and nuclear-capable aircraft. The B-21 Raider is expected to make its first flight in 2023 and succeeds the B-2 Spirit, first presented in 1988. Watch the rollout here.


The public reveal comes days after the Department of Defense released its annual report on China, saying it poses the most consequential challenge to America's national security. China has more than 400 operational nuclear warheads and is on track to have 1,500 nuclear weapons by 2035. See an estimate of global warhead inventories here.


The Air Force plans to build 100 B-21 Raiders, with six currently in production, that can deploy either nuclear weapons or conventional bombs—with or without a crew. It's unclear how much 100 aircraft will actually cost; estimates suggest about $753M each. See a video comparing the B-2 and B-21 here.

Quick Hits

Animal eye packages sent to Ukrainian embassies across Europe.

Officials said blood-soaked parcels containing animal eyes were sent to eight embassies—in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. It is unclear who sent the packages. The news comes two days after a letter bomb exploded at Ukraine's embassy in Madrid, Spain.


Alex Jones files for personal bankruptcy following Sandy Hook trial losses.

The Infowars host owes nearly $1.5B to families of the victims of the shooting after a series of defamation trials. Jones has been held liable for spreading conspiracy theories about the 2012 elementary school shooting, which killed 26 people. 


US economy adds 263,000 jobs in November.

The payroll figure beats economist expectations of an increase of 200,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained at 3.7%, the same as in October. Average hourly earnings rose 0.6% month-over-month and 5.1% year-over-year, the latter surpassing a 4.6% expectation.


President Joe Biden signs rail agreement into law, averting strike.

Labor unions were poised to strike Dec. 9 if an agreement hadn't been reached with rail companies. Some railroad workers argued the deal doesn't address enough of their workplace concerns, especially the lack of paid sick leave. See the White House's statement here.


Kanye West suspended from Twitter (again).

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, tweeted a picture of a swastika merged with the Star of David. This is the second time since October in which Ye has been booted from the platform for antisemitism and comes after Elon Musk reinstated his account after taking over Twitter. See a timeline of Ye's controversy here.


Oscar-winning documentarian Julia Reichert dies at 76.

Reichert spent more than 50 years as a filmmaker, focusing on themes of gender, class, race, and the global economy. She won an Oscar in 2020 for her documentary, "American Factory," about a Chinese company opening a new factory in an abandoned General Motors plant near Dayton, Ohio. She died from cancer Thursday.

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Craig H. in Erie, Pennsylvania.


"I was picking up a prescription at my pharmacy and as usual provided my address and date of birth. It was three days before my birthday and as I was leaving, the pharmacy tech said here, and handed me a bouquet of fall flowers. When I asked why, she said, 'It's almost your birthday and I just want to say Happy Birthday and have a great day!' I thought this was so kind on her part, wanting to brighten my day. It reminded me to be kind to everyone and do an act of kindness when possible."


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