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1. U.S. continues to set records, approaches 12 million coronavirus cases

The United States is approaching 12 million coronavirus cases, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows. On Friday, the country set a new record with more than 195,000 infections over the past 24 hours. Hospitalizations have also reached record levels, leaving health care systems overwhelmed in several states, while deaths — a lagging factor — are returning to figures not seen since May. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, told CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta that the latest wave of COVID-19 is "faster" and "broader" than previous ones. "And what worries me," she said, is that it "could be longer." The virus' resurgence is global — Iran is shutting down business and travel, Russia reported daily highs in deaths and infections Saturday, and Toronto is going into lockdown. India, South Korea, and Hong Kong have also seen upswings. [CNN, The Associated Press]

 

2. Michigan lawmakers say there's no reason to change results after Trump meeting

Michigan's Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R), the two state GOP lawmakers who met with President Trump at the White House on Friday, issued a joint statement following the encounter that they "have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan" and, therefore, they will "follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors." After several legal setbacks, Trump was seemingly attempting to discourage Shirkey and Chatfield from certifying the presidential results in Michigan — where President-elect Joe Biden holds a 150,000-vote advantage — and instead have the state's GOP legislators choose electors for Trump. A person familiar with the content of Friday's meeting told The Wall Street Journal that Trump didn't directly pressure the lawmakers to block the vote from certification. [Reuters, The Wall Street Journal]

 

3. Kemp expresses frustration with Georgia's election, but certifies vote after recount

After a hand recount was completed, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) certified the state's presidential election results on Friday after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) did the same, meaning Georgia's 16 electoral votes will go to President-elect Joe Biden. Kemp, however, left open the possibility of another recount, should the Trump campaign request one within the next two business days. While Raffensperger has ardently defended Georgia's election process, Kemp said he is "frustrated" with what the initial audit revealed, including the discovery of uncounted ballots in multiple counties. That resulted in Trump picking up several hundred votes, though it was far from enough to flip the state. Ultimately, Kemp said he "formally" certified the vote because he's "legally bound to take this step" as Georgia's governor. [CBS News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution]

 

4. Pfizer says it applied for FDA emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer said Friday that it's submitting its application to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine. If the FDA and its independent scientific advisers decide the vaccine is safe and effective enough at a meeting in early December, the first shots could quickly go out to groups of Americans, according to criteria to be determined by another government group. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced earlier this week that its vaccine had proved 95 percent effective in its large, ongoing human trial, and emergency use authorization means the FDA will continue to monitor the study. Pfizer said it has also started applications for approval in Britain and Europe. [The Associated Press]

 

5. At least 8 killed in Kabul rocket strike

Nearly two dozen rockets hit Kabul's heavily fortified Green Zone, where many embassies and international firms are based, on Saturday, reportedly killing at least eight civilians and wounding at least 31 others in the Afghan capital. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, and the Taliban, which is involved in peace talks with the Afghanistan government as the sides seek an end to their decades-long conflict, denied involvement, saying it does "not blindly fire on public places." Tariq Arian, a spokesman for Afghanistan's interior ministry, said the perpetrators mounted the rockets on a small truck and set them off, adding that an investigation is under way. [Al Jazeera, Agence France-Presse]

 

6. Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19

Donald Trump Jr., the president's oldest son, tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. A spokesman confirmed the news to The Washington Post, as well. The younger Trump is reportedly asymptomatic and has been isolating since he received the result. He is the latest in a string of people associated with the White House, including President Trump, to have contracted the virus over the past few months. Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who serves as an adviser to the president, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. [The Washington Post, Bloomberg]

 

7. Trump to participate in virtual G-20 summit

The Group of 20 summit will be held virtually this weekend, with Saudi Arabia serving as host. The two-day meeting featuring leaders of the world's wealthiest nations is expected to focus on the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused. Climate change will also reportedly be a primary topic during the event. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping are among the leaders scheduled to give speeches, and President Trump will also participate, though it's unclear at which events he'll appear. Trump has not made many public appearances since losing the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden earlier this month. He has still not conceded the race. [The Hill, France 24]

 

8. Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse released on $2 million bond

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with killing two people during Kenosha, Wisconsin, protests over the summer, was released Friday after posting bail. Rittenhouse was charged with homicide, attempted homicide, and other charges in the Aug. 25 shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber in Kenosha. His attorney paid a $2 million cash bond on Friday, and Rittenhouse left the Kenosha County Jail that afternoon. In late August, thousands of people turned out in Kenosha to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Members of militia groups and others claiming to be defending Kenosha businesses — Rittenhouse seemingly among them — also turned up and clashed with protesters. Rittenhouse, who is from Illinois, was extradited to Wisconsin at the end of October to face homicide and attempted homicide charges. Rittenhouse's lawyers say he plans to plead not guilty to all charges, as they claim his actions were taken in self defense. [The Associated Press, The Week]

 

9. Mall shooting injures 8 in Wisconsin

A gunman opened fire at The Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, on Friday afternoon, injuring eight people, authorities said. The extent of their injuries is unknown, but the victims — seven adults and one teenager — were reportedly all alive when taken to the hospital. The suspect, whom witnesses described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, had not been identified or arrested by police as of 9:30 p.m. on Friday. A preliminary investigation, however, has led law enforcement to believe the shooting was not a random act, but the result of an altercation. The mall will be closed Saturday as investigators continue their work. [ABC News, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

 

10. Cuomo will receive an Emmy for coronavirus press briefings

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will receive this year's International Emmy Founders Award later this month for his "leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic" and "his masterful use of TV to inform and calm people around the world," the International Emmys announced. Cuomo presented daily televised press briefings through the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic as New York saw the highest case counts in the U.S. "The governor's 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure," International Academy President and CEO Bruce L. Paisner said in a press release. Cuomo also recently published a book about his leadership during the pandemic, though it's still far from over. [International Emmy Awards]

 
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Donald Trump is already the subject of investigations by New York officials — and there's a chance federal authorities may implicate him.
 
One thing is certain: As a private citizen, he'll no longer enjoy de facto immunity.
 
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President Donald Trump has driven senators into retirement and tweeted wayward Republicans into primary defeat during four years leading the GOP. Now, as a lame duck, he’s launched a new campaign against GOP election officials who won’t bend to his will.
 
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2 minutes ago, jakeem said:

Motorcade en route Virginia; President in golf clothes

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11/21/2020 10:34:04
TOTAL ESTIMATED U.S. COVID-19 DEATHS: 252,356

Trump Death Clock

151,414
Estimated U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Due To POTUS Inaction
In January 2020, the Trump administration was advised that immediate action was required to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, “there was a lot of pushback” to this advice. President Trump declined to act until March 16th. Experts estimate that, had mitigation measures been implemented one week earlier, 60% of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided. (For further reading, click here).
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3 hours ago, jakeem said:

"Overall, the Republicans, who have enabled Trump’s demagoguery and his steps toward authoritarianism since he became its presumptive nominee in 2016, have aided and abetted Trump’s war on the 2020 election."

 

"I think he's learned his lesson" - Susan Collins

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What an insult to the thousands of poll workers in America.

 

Trump claims there is 'big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia' as he continues to claim he won the election 

Trump claims that there is 'big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia'

President Donald Trump continued with claims of election fraud on Saturday morning as he alleged 'big voter fraud information' had been discovered in Georgia. 'Big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia. Stay tuned!' Trump tweeted. Biden was declared the winner in Georgia after a hand recount this week. 'I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the will of the people,' Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said on Friday of the result. The hand count showed Biden won by more than 12,000 votes out of about 5 million cast, according to data released by Raffensperger's office Thursday.

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44 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

What an insult to the thousands of poll workers in America.

 

Trump claims there is 'big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia' as he continues to claim he won the election 

Trump claims that there is 'big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia'

President Donald Trump continued with claims of election fraud on Saturday morning as he alleged 'big voter fraud information' had been discovered in Georgia. 'Big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia. Stay tuned!' Trump tweeted. Biden was declared the winner in Georgia after a hand recount this week. 'I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the will of the people,' Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said on Friday of the result. The hand count showed Biden won by more than 12,000 votes out of about 5 million cast, according to data released by Raffensperger's office Thursday.

The only thing you can say is that the people who voted for trump are just as ignorant and as hard-hearted as he is.

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1 hour ago, Princess of Tap said:

The only thing you can say is that the people who voted for trump are just as ignorant and as hard-hearted as he is.

No, many had other reasons for voting for Trump as opposed to Biden.  Those are the ones that are the future of America and to whom the Democrats must appeal if they want to win in 2022 and 2024.

I too have a dislike for most Republicans, especially those in elective office, but disregard a large number of them and you will continue to have McConnell in charge of the Senate and a majority of states under Republican rule.

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Seeing as you brought up the subject of the 2016 transition, Kayleigh ...

 

 
 
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Trumpsters are complaining about the Trump transition. Let's open the book by Governor Chris Christie, who headed Trump's transition in 2016-2017, to hear from him. Page 6
 
 
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Chris Christie on who wrecked the Trump transition, from p. 7 of his memoir, "Let Me Finish." https://hachettebooks.com/titles/chris-christie/let-me-finish/9780316421805/
 
 
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The Trump transition was indeed botched and bungled - not by President Obama, not by Hillary Clinton, not by the Deep State, but by Trump's own failure and the buffoons Trump surrounded himself with. Who says so? Trump's own transition chief said so.
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5 minutes ago, ElCid said:

No, many had other reasons for voting for Trump as opposed to Biden.  Those are the ones that are the future of America and to whom the Democrats must appeal if they want to win in 2022 and 2024.

I too have a dislike for most Republicans, especially those in elective office, but disregard a large number of them and you will continue to have McConnell in charge of the Senate and a majority of states under Republican rule.

 Yes, many others had other reasons-- like racism and sexism--

But I don't always mention those because they are a given.

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25 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

 Yes, many others had other reasons-- like racism and sexism--

But I don't always mention those because they are a given.

Based on your posts, you think ALL Republicans are evil, corrupt, racist, sexist and ignorant?  There are NO good Republicans?

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16 minutes ago, ElCid said:

Based on your posts, you think ALL Republicans are evil, corrupt, racist, sexist and ignorant?  There are NO good Republicans?

 Maybe it's my geography, all the decent Republicans I know have become Democrats or independents in Kansas--

all this started happening a little more than 20 years ago.

People who want to enable racism, and really downright illegal activities, bordering on treason, are not very high on my scoreboard.

Frankly, if I had friends who were voting for racism and promoting what's been going on in the trump Administration, I would have to have a long talk with them about their lack of morality. I would try to reach them, and then frankly I would have to cut them off.

You're known by The Company You Keep.

To maintain close friendships with racist people who encourage hatred and hate crimes is a form of enabling their respectability.

 

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1 minute ago, Bogie56 said:

So, this morning when the G20 conference turned its attention to the corona virus that's when Trump got up and left and went golfing.

 I said it once before and I'll say it again, the people who voted for this ignorant man are just as ignorant as he is.

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The Media is just as corrupt as Donald J. Trump and they can hopefully both fade away like the opportunists and vultures they both are. Your era is coming to an end.

The election was free and fair. The American people are sick and tired of this reality TV show Trump and the Media turned our country into. We care about our future and our families, not ratings for entertainment. Good thing this show is over in two months.

 
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