每日英語跟讀 Ep.992: About the US -Awash in red ink：US posts record $3.1T 2020 budget deficit
The federal budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3.1 trillion in the 2020 budget year, more than double the previous record, as the coronavirus pandemic shrank revenues and sent spending soaring.
It was the government’s largest annual shortfall in dollar terms, surpassing the previous record of $1.4 trillion set in 2009.
The 2020 deficit, in terms of its relationship to the economy, represented 15.2% of total gross domestic product, the sum of all the goods and services produced by the country. That was the highest level since 1945, when the U.S. was borrowing heavily to finance World War II.
Dogs and cats vying to be mayor of California neighbourhood 狗與貓爭奪加州社區區長的寶座
One Californian neighborhood had had enough of the acrimonious atmosphere among people ahead of the November 3 US elections.
So the local street’s mayoral contest this weekend will be fought by cats and dogs, instead.
The 55th Street mayoral race in Oakland started with an incumbent cat named Wally running unopposed, but then other pets pounced at the opportunity to make the race competitive.
Kirstyn Russell’s 10-year-old Tabby has a campaign sign in the yard with the slogan ’Change Meow.’
Mary Owen has an 11-year-old Shiba Inu named Mimi, running with the slogan ‘She’ll bark when it matters.’ She said the light-hearted race was a chance to share the importance of civic engagement with children.
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1411764 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1413456