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Monday briefing: Victims of the Colorado Springs shooting; railroad strike threat; how to watch U.S. vs. Wales; and more

(Jordan Robertson for The Washington Post)


Five people were killed in a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado.


A major railroad strike could start in two weeks.

  • What to know: A large union announced today that it rejected a deal brokered by the White House in September that tried to address leave policies.
  • What’s next? Workers would be allowed to strike after midnight Dec. 5, unless Congress intervenes or a new agreement is reached.
  • Why this matters: A strike would have huge consequences, affecting food and energy supplies, train travel and even drinking water.


World leaders agreed this weekend to create a historic climate fund.

  • What to know: The deal came out of a U.N. summit in Egypt. It will help developing countries deal with rising temperatures, which are mostly caused by emissions from richer nations.
  • What the deal misses: Any meaningful emission cuts, which means the world is still on track for catastrophic warming and worse climate disasters.


Hospitals across the country are overwhelmed.

  • Why? A combination of respiratory illnesses (RSV, coronavirus and flu), staffing shortages and nursing home closures.
  • What this means: Patients are waiting hours to be seen, and some hospitals have set up overflow tents and are postponing elective procedures.


Disney made a surprising leadership shake-up.

  • The details: Robert Iger, who was CEO for 15 years until 2020, was reappointed yesterday, replacing Bob Chapek. He’ll serve for two years and choose a successor, the company said.
  • What’s behind this? Chapek’s leadership was controversial, particularly his feud with Florida earlier this year over LGBTQ discussions in the state’s schools.


President Biden turned 80 yesterday.

  • Why this matters: He’s by far the oldest U.S. president and first octogenarian in office. (Next behind him is Ronald Reagan, who left office at 77.)
  • The big picture: Working past 80 is not as rare as it once was. The number of octogenarians in the U.S. workforce has soared over the past few decades as life expectancy has increased.


The U.S. men’s soccer team will have its first World Cup match today.

  • How to watch: The opener against Wales — which was last at the World Cup in 1958 — kicks off at 2 p.m. Eastern time. It will be live on Fox Sports and streaming services.
  • What else to know: European teams abandoned plans today to wear LGBTQ armbands at the tournament in Qatar after organizers said they could be disciplined.

And now … if you want to help after the Colorado shooting: Here’s how. Plus, here are some ways to cope on tough news days.

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