CORONAVIRUS: New York City public schools are shutting back down. Yes, really. The school district is the nation’s largest, with around 1 million students. This comes as the US surpassed 250,000 coronavirus deaths yesterday. Meaning coronavirus has now killed more people in ten months than strokes, suicides, and car crashes combined do in a full year. Enter: new restrictions, including lots of new mask mandates. In Iowa, the Republican governor is intro’ing a statewide mask mandate - not long after completely dismissing them. In other news, a new study says that millions of kids have missed routine vaccinations this year due to the pandemic. Very very bad, since this could lead to a “severe immunization crisis” among kids.
ELECTION: All eyes are on Georgia and Wisconsin. ICYMI, in the days following the election, Trump demanded recounts in those two states, where Biden holds pretty narrow leads. And last night, Georgia finished recounting 5 million votes...by hand. Officials say they’ll release a report on the recount sometime today, but they’ve already said that they expect Biden to keep his lead. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin recount is just getting started. This recount will only take place in a few counties. Cue controversy. Speaking of which, since Trump still hasn’t conceded, the transition to a Biden presidency still hasn’t kicked off. Now, it looks like some Trump team officials are quietly reaching out to Biden to get him caught up to speed.
DISASTERS: Over the past few days, Central America has been facing Hurricane Iota (and then Tropical Storm Iota) - not even two weeks after being hit with Hurricane Eta. The two storms have left places like Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, and Guatemala devastated, with dozens of people dead and countless buildings destroyed. 99.5 percent of properties on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast are without electricity. Now, even as wind speeds drop, there are growing fears about floods and mudslides. Stay tuned. In other news, a Florida sheriff just released a dashcam video of the fatal law enforcement shooting of two Black teenagers. This comes after the deaths caused outrage amidst this Florida community.