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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Today is Election Day. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Nearly 100 million Americans have already voted. And ICYMI, the total number of votes cast in the 2016 US presidential election was around 138 million. Which means there’s a pretty good chance we could see record-breaking turnout this year. 

 

THE VOTING PART. 

If you’ve already voted, great. If not, we’re here to help. A few key things to remember: you need to be registered to vote, but if you’re not, some states allow same-day registration. Here’s how to see where you’ll be voting. Every state has different rules around voting, so be sure to double check before doing things like taking pics or showing up in political attire. Be prepped to spend a long time in line - and if you’re still in line by the time polls close, don’t leave. You’re still allowed to cast your ballot. Don’t forget that you’re not just voting for prez - you’re voting for local leaders and policies, too. Oh yeah, and wear a mask, pretty please. 

 

THE RESULTS PART. 

Most elections come down to just a few swing states - and 2020 is no different. This year, everyone’s watching Arizona and Pennsylvania. Arizona’s already starting counting ballots, but Pennsylvania’s not doing that until polls close tonight. Meaning it could be a day or two at least until we have a clear picture of who won. With that said: stay safe today. The National Guard is heading to some states, and in New York City and Washington, DC, some stores are boarding up windows. Suspense, thick. 

 

THE TAKE. 

This election could be one of the most consequential elections of our time. TBD. 


THE ACTION

 

CORONAVIRUS: Yesterday, White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx announced that the US is entering “the most concerning and most deadly phase of this pandemic.” Plus urged the gov to take “aggressive action” on fighting the virus. Birx also said that this is not about lockdowns, but rather about taking a balanced approach. She’s concerned about “flat or declining” testing in many states and warned against large, crowded gatherings. This comes after Prez Trump claimed the US is “rounding the corner” on the virus at one of his rallies. Speaking of concerns, there’s a lot about Thanksgiving. See: Canada’s seeing an uptick in cases from its Thanksgiving - causing fears that the holiday could be a superspreader in the US. 

 

TERROR: Last night, gunmen opened fire on the busy streets of Vienna, killing at least 3 people and wounding many more. There was reportedly gunfire in around six locations, all in the same area. So far, one gunman has been killed. It’s not yet clear who’s responsible for the attack or what the motive was, but the gunman is said to have been an ISIS sympathizer and the shootings are being labelled an “Islamist terror attack.” Meanwhile, recently, gunmen stormed Kabul University in Afghanistan, killing at least 22 people. ISIS has claimed responsibility. This marks the second deadly attack on students in Afghanistan this week. Over in Ethiopia, at least 54 people were killed by armed rebel groups in a schoolyard massacre. 

 

WORLD: Hurricane Eta is nearing landfall in Nicaragua. The Category 4 storm is expected to bring life-threatening flooding, destructive winds, and storm surge to the country before moving inland...and potentially hitting Central America with catastrophic impacts. In other world news, Indonesia’s prez - Joko Widodo - just signed off on a new stimulus law. And already, people are protesting. See: the law would slash minimum severance pay requirements and mandatory days off for workers, let bizes replace full-time employees with cheaper contract workers, and let certain development projects go forward without environmental assessments or consultation with Indigenous peoples. Stay tuned. 


WHAT TO KNOW

‘Baby Shark:’” what’s now the most viewed YouTube video ever. Baby Shark, no no no no no no. 


SAY WHAT?

“What in the World is a $590 Scratch-and-Sniff T-shirt Doing in 2020?” - an actual headline. No shirt. 

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