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Gov’t uses pandemic to exert unprecedented control

This jam-packed special episode of News.Views.Hughes begins with breaking news of the assassination of the head of Iran’s nuclear program. Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof shares his expertise.

Meanwhile, the usual pandemonium of “Black Friday” was somewhat more subdued this year due to concerns over the pandemic, with online sales continuing to outpace in-store shopping. RT America’s John Huddy reports.

Cities across the country are placing restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather in private residences over the holidays, something unprecedented in US history. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court struck down legislation in New York that would limit the size of congregations in places of worship during the pandemic. Media analyst and attorney Lionel of Lionel Media weighs in.

Later in the show, political strategist Brock Pierce and army combat veteran Cory Mills join to discuss the question of voter suppression and fraud, civic participation and election integrity in the US, and how both parties could work to restore voters' confidence.

RT's Igor Zhdanov reports on the way that the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened and exposed the vast gulf between rich and poor that pervades all aspects of American life. Steve Christakos joins to report on Mike Tyson’s long-anticipated return to the boxing ring.