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Election workers in Philadelphia NYTimes:"The State of Pennsylvania certified its election results on Tuesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf signed off on the slate of 20 electors and solidified President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s victory in the state where he was born, one of the most hotly contested prizes of the election. Nevada and North Carolina also certified their results Tuesday, cementing wins for Mr. Biden and President Trump, respectively...With mulitple battleground states that Mr. Biden won now having certified their results, the flailing effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to subvert the election and overturn the votes of millions of Americans is nearing its end. In Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign and Republican allies had tried to halt the certification for weeks through a flurry of litigation, yet they were constantly rebuffed by judges who found the effort lacked any evidence of fraud..."
Giulani and Trump to go to event CNN:"President Donald Trump is expected to join his attorney Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, where Republican state lawmakers are holding a 'hearing' on allegations of fraud in this month's election, two sources familiar with the plans told CNN. Trump expressed strong interest in joining Giuliani for the trip and directed aides to make plans for him to travel to Pennsylvania, multiple sources said...It's not clear if Trump will speak at the hearing, which..his campaign said is also expected to include 'testimony from witnesses who have filed affidavits attesting to 2020 election fraud'..."
Voters Voting on Election Day in Pennsylvania Reuters:"President Donald Trump's campaign on Monday asked a federal appeals court to revive a long-shot challenge to Pennsylvania's election results, a central part of its effort to stop President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. In a filing with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, the campaign said it never got a chance to litigate its 'serious and well-founded claims' that Democratic officials schemed to ensure Biden's victory by counting potentially tens of thousands of defective mail ballots. The campaign said U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann should review additional allegations it had dropped from the case but wanted to restore. It also said if it cannot prevent Pennsylvania's vote from being certified, the state's Republican-led legislature should choose the state's electors... "
Trumpus Imperius Narcissimus gesticulating ABC News:"A federal judge has dismissed the Trump campaign's Pennsylvania lawsuit attempting to overturn the 2020 election, issuing a stinging opinion that blasts the president's legal team for filing a disjointed lawsuit that lacked a compelling legal argument or factual proof to support it. U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann wrote that he would not 'disenfranchise almost seven million voters,' as the Trump campaign had sought.'One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption,' Brann wrote. 'That has not happened.'...'"
Trumpus Imperius Narcissimus Vanidicus CNN Business:"Trump continues to claim he won the election. He did not. President Trump continued to baselessly claim he won the election, re-upping the assertion in an all-caps tweet, on Wednesday morning:
Trump claims he won the elction
"...Joe Biden won by well over 5 million votes. And there is no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud. More information from Trump in morning tweets: Trump continued to spread more blatant misinformation on Twitter Wednesday morning, and multiple tweets have been flagged by Twitter..."
I Voted Bloomberg:"State and federal election officials, along with experts in the private sector, said they had 'utmost confidence in the security and integrity' of the Nov. 3 vote, as President Donald Trump continues to make unfounded claims of fraud and key security officials involved in protecting elections leave the administration or expect to be fired.'The Nov.3rd election was the most secure in American history,' the officials said in a statement Thursday.' 'There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.' The statement acknowledged the 'many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections' and urged Americans to turn to election administrators and officials for accurate information."
Trump and his nuts NYTimes:"Trump starts raising money for a new 'Save America' PAC to fund his future activities. President Trump is directing money raised through his campaign's breathless requests to 'defend the election' into a new political action committee before his recount fund, a move that allows him greater flexibility to bankroll his future political endeavors. The new group, called Save America, is a federal fund-raising vehicle known as a leadership PAC that has donation limits of $5,000 per donor per year. It will be used to underwrite Mr. Trump's post-presidential activities, tapping into the vast reservoir of small donors..."
The US sets a record for Covid hospitalizations CNN:"There are 88,080 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19, setting a record for hospitalizations amid a continuing fall surge, according to the Covid Tracking Project. This is the highest number of Covid-19 hospitalizations the nation has ever experiened since the pandemic hit the US. Hospital systems around the country have been warning their staffing and ICU bed capacity are being stretched thin..."
Biden Harris Cabinet nominations CNN: "...The General Services Administration acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden's victory and formally began the transition...Biden introduced his first Cabinet picks at an event in Delaware today...President Trump meanwhile said he 'will never conceded' and his legal options are dwindling as election challenges fail...Harris says US needs to restroe its leadership around the world...Biden just introduced his first Cabinet selections. Here are some key lines from their remarks...Antony Blinken, Secretary of State nominee Blinken said that the US needs to proceed 'with equal measures of humility and confidence' in working with other countries because 'we can't solve all of the world's problems alone."
Dark clouds over the White House CNN Business: "JPMorgan lays out the nightmare election scenario that could send markets into a tailspin...Much of Wall Street views the Trump campaign's efforts to overturn the election results as a desperate sideshow destined to fail. But JP Morgan is telling clients there's still a chance that this process descends into chaos. It is 2020, after all. Michael Cemalest, chairman of market and investment strategy at JPMorgan Asset Managment, warned in a report Wednesday of the 'remote risk of an American horror story' and 'constitutional mayhem'...JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon has repeatedly urged Americans to respect the outcome of the election. 'We need a peaceful transition. We had an election. We have a new president,' Dimon said Wednesday during The New York Time's virtual DealBook conference.'You should supprt that whether you like it or not, because it's based on a system of faith and trust.'"
Fed Chair Jerome Powell Bloomberg:"Three of the world's top central bankers warned Thursday that the prospect of a Covid-19 vaccine isn't enough to put an end to the economic challenges created by the pandemic. 'We do see the economy continuing on a solid path of recovery, but the main risk we see to that is clearly the further spread of the disease here in the Unted States,' Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said during a panel discussion at a virtual conference hosted by the European Central Bank. 'With the virus now spreading, the next few months could be challenging.'..."
The Fed WSJ:"The Federal Reserve said the coronavirus pandemic poses considerable risks for the U.S. economy despite recent gains, and officials made no changes on Thursday to their commitment to provide sustained stimulus. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said they were monitoring two prominent risks to the recent rebound in economic activity: one from rising infection rates and another from households exhausting savings after earlier fiscal relief measures had dissipated, 'Economic activity has continued to recover' but 'the pace of improvement has moderated,' Mr. Powell said at a news conference. Officials...pledged to support the recovery by setting a higher bar to raise interest rates..."
Trump's nuts in DC Reuters:"The widespread rejection of the election result among Republicans reflects a new and dangerous dyanamic in American politics: the normalization of false and increasingly extreme conspiracy theories among tens of millions of mainstream voters, according to government scholars, analysts and some lawmakers on both sides of the political divide. The trend has deeply troubling long-term implications for American political and civic institutions... Adam Kinzinger, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is among the few party members to publicly recognize Biden's victory. He called his Republican colleagues' reluctance to reject Trump's conspiracies a failure of political courage that threatens to undermine American democracy for years..."
Trumpus Imperius Naricissus exits Washington Post:"President Trump didn't create the media cesspool that he'll bequeath to troubled nation. He just made it exponentially worse—not only with his own constant lies but with his ability to spread the ugliness...Social media platforms, streaming 'news' channels and innumerable websites will spew lies and conspiracy theories and will keep weakening the foundation of reality that America's democracy needs in order to function. So what, if anything, can the reality-based press do to counter it? I see three necessities. First, be bolder and more direct than ever in telling it like it is. No more pussyfooting or punch-pulling...the reality-based press has to unapologetically stand for something. Otherwise, its just a pallid alternative to the excitement of burgeoning lies. And third, journalists and news organizations have to get much more involved in media literacy—working with educators and advocates to teach people of all ages, but especially students, to distinguish lies from truth, propaganda from factual reporting. This can be an uncomfortable role for journalists because it smacks of advocacy, something that mainstream journalists are taught to be wary of. Still, some organizations and journalists are working on it..."
Long lines at food banks CNN:"CNN's Paul Vercammen reports from a Los Angeles food bank where long lines of those in need ahead of the holiday season shows the devastating economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic..." People are scrambling to make ends meet after being laid off due to covid-19 while the US government fails to act to help millions of people before the holidays.
NYSE Flag and girl Reuters:"Wall Street's main indexes jumped on Tuesday and the blue-chip Dow hit a record high as the formal go-ahead for President-elect Joe Biden's transition to the White House ended weeks of political uncertainty. All the 11 major S&P indexes were up, with economically-sensitive sectors such as banks, industrials and energy leading gains as investors rotated out of technology heavyweights that were seen as safe bets during the recession. The Dow was lifted by a 4.9% rise in Boeing after European regulators gave draft approval to its 737 MAX jets, paving the way for a formal flight clearance in January..."
Mnuchin Shenanigans Again Bloomberg: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will put $455 billion in unspent Cares Act funding into an accuont that his presumed successor, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, will soon need authorization from Congress to use. The money will be placed in the agency's General Fund, a Treasury Department spokesperson said Tuesday. Most of it had gone to support Federal Reserve emergency-lending facilities, and Mnuchin's clawback would make it impossible for Yellen as Treasury secretary to restore for that purpose without lawmakers' blessing. Democrats swiftly criticized the move, with Bharat Ramamurti, a member of the congresionally appointed watchdog panel overseeing Fed and Treasury Covid-19 relief funds, saying 'the good news is that it's illegal and can be reversed next year'..."
Trump's efforts to suppress Black votes NBCNews:"...In each of the states where the Trump team has challenged the election outcome or Republican members of boards of election have hesitated to certify results, there has been a consistent theme: The problem areas, the places where they have expressed nonspecific wrongdoing and fraus, without clear evidence, have significant Black populations. Philadelphia is 42.3 percent Black, Detroit is 78.6 percent Black and nearly 52 percent of Atlanta residents are Black. The challenges to these votes tap...a...vein of voter suppression. Now, as Trump and his supporters continue to lob unsupported claims of voting irregularities and fraud, they appear to be reviving a tradition of Black voter exclusion in the United States...'Historically anytime there's been access to the ballot box extended to Black voters, there's always been a backlash and effort to curtail that...what their direct access to the ballot box is really a direct threat to white supremacy..."
Secret Service asked about protetion in FloridaABCNews:"As states begin to certify election results that seal a victory for President-elect Joe Biden, even though Donald Trump hasn't conceded there is one clear sign his post-presidency life is taking shape: Secret Service agents in the president's detail are being asked whether they're interested in transferring to Palm Beach, Florida, sources have told ABC News. The Secret Service's Miami field office also has begun looking at physical reinforcements to Mar-a-Largo, the president's club to which he refers as 'the winter White House,' the sources added. These moves are considered unofficial as Trump has yet to concede to Biden. Trump, a longtime New Yorker born in the borough of Queens, changed his residency to Florida last year and voted there in late October..."
742000 Americans filed for unemployment CNN Business: The pandemic is far from over as infections are on the rise and millions of Americans remain unemployed...Economists worry that a growing number of people are exhausting their states' regular jobless beneits, which commonly last for 26 weeks...In total, 20.3 million Americans were receiving some form of jobless benefits from the government at the end of October, a decrease of more than 800,000. The pandemic benefits Washington created in the spring are set to expire at year-end, even as millions of people rely on them.In California, for example, some 750,000 people are estimated to lose their benefits at the end of December, according to analysis by the California Policy Lab..."
BlackRock website CNN Business:"The post-election celebration on Wall Street isn't just about relief over a divided government. It's also being driven by hopes of calmer leadership after four years of chaos in Washington. At least, that's the conclusion from one of the most powerful figures on Wall Street: BlackRock CEO Larry Fink. 'I do believe strongly that the market is in desire of more stability, of less volatility,' Fink said during a pre-taped conversation airing Wednesday evening at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. 'They're looking for a voice that moderates, not a voice that incites,' the BlackRock chief said, according to a transcript viewed first by CNN Business. 'I truly believe President-elect Biden can be that voice of reason.'...'We're all tired. We're tired about all the volume we hear out of Washington,' Fink said during a conversation with David Rubenstein, the billionaire co-founder and executive chairman of the Carlyle Group..."
NBCNews:"The wave of Covid-19 infections sweeping across the United States was followed Monday by a spate of new lockdowns and calls to reimpose restrictions after a week when more than a million new cases were reported. With two promising vaccines still months away from the start of widespread distribution and President Donald Trump slowing the transition by refusing to concede his apparent election loss to Joe Biden, mayors and governors were battening down the hatches and not counting on guidance from Washington..."
CNN:"When President Donald Trump learned at the end of last week that his lawyers were dropping their lawsuit seeking a review of ballots in Arizona, the news caught him by surprise. Summoning members of his team to the Oval Office, where he has been spending afternoons and evenings lately when not in the adjoining dining room watching television to know why it appeared he was giving up a battle he fully intends to continue waging..."
CNN: "Pope Francis has declared support for civil unions for same-sex couples for the first time, according to the Catholic News Agency.The Pope made the historic remarks in a new documentary film,'Francesco,' which was released in Rome on Wednesday. 'Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They're children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it,' the Pope said in the film, the Catholic News Agency reported..."
Reuters:New Zealand's next parliament is set to be the most inclusive ever, with several people of colour, members from the rainbow communities and a high number of women. The ruling Labour Party was handed a resounding mandate in the election over the weekend, as voters rewarded Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her decisive response to COVID-19...Labour won 64 of the 120 parliamentary seats, and more than half of those are female candidates. It also has 16 indigenous Maori MPs, the first leader of Afrian origin, Ibrahim Omar, and Vanshi Walters of Sri Lankan origin. 'This is the most diverse parliament we have ever had...said Professor Paul Spoonley from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University...'"
NBCNews:"Catalina Marcelino,42, usually spends the days before November making signature Mexican dishes, like mole and tamales, to celebrate el Dia de los Muertos...the tradition originating in Mexico that celebrates the life of loved ones who are deceased. The Freehold, New Jersey, resident said the celebrations on Nov.1 and 2 will be very different for her family this year. They're still reeling from the death of her father-in-law, Wilfredo Noyola, 68, who died this summer from coronavirus complications...
CNN Business:"The Covid-19 pandemic brought the economy to a screeching halt, and while it has started its long road to recovery, the economy we knew is probably a thing of the past, said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday. 'We're recovering but to a different economy,' Powell said during a virtual panel discussion at the European Central Bank's Forum on Central Banking. The pandemic has accelerated existing trends in the econmy and society, including the increasing use of technology, telework and automation, he said. This will have lasting effects on how people live and work..."
CNN:"Official Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the United States are piling up record rates--and daily deaths, experts fear, may soon follow. The folowing charts show hos the fall coronavirus wave has put the US on unprecedented ground by some metrics, and with numbers trending up, point to how the situation could get worse while the country awaits a vaccine and distribution of new treatments. Cases. Coronavirus' spread in US. The United States is struggling to keep the virus under contrl as new cases are reported each day...Daily cases were dipping as recently as September, as the natin was bounding back from a summer surge. But infections roared back in a way not recorded before...""
thousands_affected_by_hurricanes_Iota_an_Eta ABC News:"Shelters for people whose homes were flooded or damaged by hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras are so crowded that thousands of victims have taken refuge under highway overpasses or bridges. The International Red Cross estimates that about 4.2 million people were affected by the back-to-back Category 4 hurricanes in November in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Several hundred thousand are in shelters or informal camps across the region..."
NBC News:"In an election year when the unemployment rate in the U.S. soared to its highest level since the Great Depression and was compared to a natural disaster, a terrorist attack and a financial shock all at once, many voters across the country-even in states with the biggest economic fallout-cast their ballot for President Donald Trump. ..The data shows the trend was apparent nationwide, from Latino communities in southern Texas and Florida, to counties in California, Connecticut and even Hawaii where the unemployment rate reached nearly 24 percent..."
Washington Post:"As the Donald Trump parenthesis in the republic's history closes, he is opening the sluices on his reservoir of invectives and self-pity. A practiioner of crybaby conservatism—no one, he thinks, has suffered so much since Job lost his camels and acquired boils—and ever a weakling, Trump will end his presidency as he began it: whining...His presidency that began with a wallow in self-pity probably will end in ignominy when he slinks away pouting, trailing clouds of recriminations, without a trace of John McCain's graciousness on election night 2008:..."
Washington Post:"...The records show that Trump has continued to make money off foreign investments and projects while in office; that foriegn officials have spent lavishly at his Washington hotel and other properties; and that despite this revenue he is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt with massive payments coming due..."
ABC News:"...Responding to a story that reported that hundreds of corporations, special interest groups and foreign governments seeking benefits patronized Trump Organization properties...'We've lost a fortune. My father lost a fortune running for president. He doesn't care,'...'The last thing I can tell you Donald Trump needs in this world is this job.'...'"
NBC News:"...the Honest Elections Project, describes its mission as a nonpartisan effort to fight fraud, protect every American's right to vote and instill faith in the electoral process...Behind Snead's group, however, is a network that includes some of Washington's most powerful conservative figures, with close ties to the GOP and the Trump administration..."
CNN: "Time is running out for millions of Americans who still haven't gotten stimulus checks--and they're likely the people most in need. The Internal Revenue Service is racing to reach these last recipients before a Nvember 21 deadline, sending out nine million letters in September to people that may have potentially missed out on the $1,200 payments authorized by Congress earlier this year. While most eligible Americans received the money automatically during the spring and summe, very low-income people who dont' normally file tax returns have to register online so the Internal Revenue Service knows how to reach them. Roughly 12 million people fell into this category and it's unclear how many of them still haven't received their money..."
CNN:"Several GOP lawmakers have publicly defended CIA Director Gina Haspel in recent days as it has become increasingly clear that President Donald Trump is considering firing her as part of his post-election government purge. But outside of Capitol Hill, there are conflicting views about whether Trump should follow through with his threat to oust Haspel and competing factions within the administration are lobbying the President accordingly. Some of the President's top advisers, including national security adviser Robert O'Brien, have urged him to hold off on firing the CIA director..."
NBCNews:"More than 1 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with Covid-19 according to a report released Monday. As of last Thursday, a total of 1,039,464 young people, including infants and teens, had tested positive for the coronavirus. The weekly report on pediatric cases is a collaboration between the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, and uses state health department data to track pediatric cases nationwide..."
Reuters:"Three more lawyers representing President Donald Trump's campaign have asked to withdraw from his lawsuit challenging the U.S. election results in Pennsylvania, shaking up his legal team on the eve of a major court hearing. The lawyers-Linda Kerns, John Scott and Douglas Bryan Hughes-made the request in a court filing on Monday, adding that the campaign consented to their withdrawal. In a brief order on Monday night, the judge hearing the case allowed Scott and Hughes to withdraw but not Kerns..."
NY Times:"...Mr. Trump did not merely fail to end Washington's insider culture of lobbying and favor seeking. He reinvented it, turning his own hotels and resorts into the Beltway's new back rooms, where public and private business mix and special interests reign...
NYTimes:"The top Senate Republican told colleagues that he had advised the White House against striking a pre-election deal with Democrats to deliver pandemic aid, fearing political repercussions...With the deficit balooning to $3.1 trillion, conservative Republicans say they cannot stomach another huge federal pandemic relief measure..."
At a rally Trump complained that CNN was always talking about Covid this Covid that there always talking about it, they don't want you to vote, people are not going for it you "dumb bastards" to the loud applause of the crowd. CNN's Brianna Keilar responded that we do it for the 220,417 people who have died and we are going to keep doing it. CNN then rolled videos of the hundreds of people who have lost loved ones due to the virus, every single person that Trump does not care to empathize with and who he has failed as a president...
Washington Post:"In the final months of the presidential campaign, prominent associates of President Trump and conservative groups with vast online followings have flirted with, and frequently crossed, the boundaries set forth by Facebook about the repeated sharing of misinformation. From a pro-Trump super PAC to the president's eldest son, however, these users have received few penalties, according to an examination of several months of posts and ad spending, as well as internal company documents. ..."
CNN:"As Covid-19 cases soar to alarming levels around the country, some schools are moving back to online-only instruction. The Detroit Public Schools Community District, Michigan's largest, is one of the latest to announce the move back to digital learning. In-person instruction will be suspended Friday until January 11 or possibly sooner, school officials said on Thursday. 'The District relief on science and the data to reopen schools for in person learning this summer and fall and relied on the same criterium to decide that it was no longer safe for our students and employees to work in an in-person school enviroment,' said Nikolai Vitti...'"
CNN:"As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to publicly dispute the outcome of the election, they are also quietly seeking to discredit the Russia investigation that has cast a dark cloud over the administration for more than four years. Before Election Day, senior career intelligence officials and congressional Democrats braced for Trump's handpicked director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, to release highly classified documents related to the FBI's Russia probe, which they feared would expose critical sources and methods..."