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A lunar eclipse will grace the skies in many parts of the world early tomorrow. Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart. 

By Faith Karimi

the weekend that was Over 90,000 people are hospitalized with coronavirus in the US — the highest number all year. Two US citizens detained after an agent heard them speaking Spanish have settled a lawsuit with authorities.  Archbishop Wilton Gregory made history as the first African American cardinal for the Catholic Church.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed out another lawsuit seeking to invalidate absentee votes. Tony Hsieh, the former Zappos chief who turned the shoe company into an online giant, has died at 46. the week ahead

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will receive their first presidential daily briefing Monday. A classified intelligence briefing contains information about pressing national security issues, and is one of the first rights of a presidential candidate after winning the election. 

The relentless Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Monday — but don’t put away the umbrellas just yet. Forecasters fear storms could form beyond that date and are monitoring systems for developments. The season started ahead of schedule and shattered the record for named storms with 30 — the most in history. 


Take a breath — along with a bite of leftover pie — and get ready for another day of hunting for the best online deals. Cyber Monday is expected to be a bigger online shopping day than last week’s Black Friday. And after the shopping spree comes Giving Tuesday — a day to do good through charity and other ways.

Like most things this year, the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Thursday is going virtual. While the annual show won’t have a live audience due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’ll stream on-demand throughout the holiday season. 

SpaceX plans to launch a rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Saturday to deliver science equipment to the International Space Station. The upgraded Dragon spacecraft will be filled with supplies, including critical materials to support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 64 and 65.

tonight's big event

An unlikely bondCNN Original Series “This Is Life with Lisa Ling” returns at 9 p.m. ET with a show that melds two worlds — a prison and a prep school — and the surprising outcome from that bond. 

just watch

Messy but fun trip With Kaley Cuoco as a globetrotting party girl, the “Flight Attendant” feels like the TV equivalent of summer beach reading, in mostly good ways. It’s showing on HBO Max, which, like CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia.


Return of Mr. and Mrs. Claus 

Kurt Russell is back as a rugged Santa trying to save the holiday in “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two.” The sequel on Netflix features his real-life love, Goldie Hawn.

just cheer

Meeting of two greatsIt’ll be a matchup between a 43-year-old GOAT and a 25-year-old Super Bowl champ when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs meet Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today at 4:25 p.m. ET.

play me off...      

Moment of zenThis ethereal cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” is something special.  (Click here to rock out.)

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