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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Election results are still coming in. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

For weeks, tens of millions of Americans have been voting early in person or mailing in their ballots. Because, coronavirus. And yesterday, even more Americans headed to the polls on Election Day to cast their vote. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

If you’ve been following along, you already know that Joe Biden currently has 227 electoral votes, while Prez Trump has 213. So far, many of the key swing states (Ohio, Florida, and Iowa) have gone to Trump, with Biden appearing to flip Arizona from red to blue. Here’s where things get interesting. Right now, Biden is leading in Nevada, Michigan, and Wisconsin, but with absentee ballots making up the vast majority of the remaining votes, he’s expected to start closing the gap in Pennsylvania and Georgia, where Trump is currently ahead. Prez Trump’s not exactly a fan of that idea - and has already pledged to go to court to try to stop the vote count. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

That’s not the only thing on the ballot. Dems look to have held on to the House of Reps - with all four members of ‘The Squad’ getting re-elected. The Senate is dead even right now, with Dems flipping two seats and Republicans flipping one. And in California, voters overwhelmingly passed Prop 22, which would let Uber and Lyft classify workers as independent contractors. Drug legalization also had a big day

 

THE TAKE. 

As of now, Biden looks to have a better shot than Trump at winning. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: The US reported its second highest number of new coronavirus cases yesterday. Think: 91,000. You read that right. This comes as global virus cases surpassed 46 million. Cases appear to be on the rise in China, Japan, and the Indian capital of New Delhi. Meanwhile, a new study says that pregnant women face a higher risk of severe illness and death from coronavirus. Plus getting infected with the virus puts women at a higher risk for premature delivery. Over in New Jersey, 2,258 prisoners are set to be released in a single day due to the pandemic. Meaning the state has now reduced its prison population by about 35 percent. 

 

SHOOTINGS: Everyone is still talking about the Vienna terrorist attack, which saw gunmen opening fire on the city’s streets. At least four people were killed. Now, it looks like ISIS is claiming responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, at least four people are dead after a shooting at an apartment complex in Nevada. Police were reportedly responding to a call about a shooting when they found two people who had been shot. They confronted a suspect - which led to an “officer-involved shooting” that resulted in the suspect’s death. Now, it looks like authorities are taking a magnifying glass to the shooting. 

 

WORLD: The US is officially out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Not a typo. Quick refresher: years ago, almost every country signed off on the Paris Climate Agreement, which is pretty much just a nonbinding agreement to cut domestic emissions. Problem, since Prez Trump has never really liked the Paris Climate Agreement. See: one of the very first things he did when he took office in 2017 was wave goodbye to it. But the actual withdrawal process takes a few years, so things were just made official. Cue backlash from much of the world. In other news, two Ugandan presidential candidates were just detained while attempting to file to run for office. The candidates are up against incumbent Yoweri Museveni, who’s been in power since 1986. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Kanye West:” who voted for…Kanye West, along with about 60,000 other people across 12 states. Ye(s), really.


SAY WHAT?

“Bats can predict the future to hunt their prey, Johns Hopkins researchers find” - an actual headline. Are we sure that bats aren’t aliens here to take over the world? 

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