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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Election results are stilllll coming in. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

The other day, tens of millions of Americans headed to the polls in the 2020 US presidential election. Lots of states have already been called for Prez Trump or Joe Biden, but there are a few key states that are still up in the air. Think: Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. (Alaska has not yet been called, but Trump’s leading there and is expected to win.) Suspense, thick. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Here’s where each state stands. As of now, Biden’s leading Arizona, with Fox News and the Associated Press already projecting he’ll take the win there. But there are still hundreds of thousands of votes that have yet to be counted. Biden’s also leading in Nevada by thiiiiiis much. Over in Pennsylvania, Trump’s in the lead by about 136,000 votes - but like Arizona, there are hundreds of thousands of outstanding votes. There’s a similar story in Georgia, where Trump’s leading by less than 15,000 votes and over 60,000 votes remain. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

There’s a catch: most of the remaining votes are absentee, and most of those are coming from Democratic strongholds where Biden’s winning upwards of 70 percent of the votes. Hint: that’s how he was able to come back and win Wisconsin and Michigan. Cue Prez Trump alleging voter fraud, asking to “stop the count,” and suing

 

THE TAKE. 

Biden still looks to have the upper hand - but either way, the race is close. TBD. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: The US just saw more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day. A new record, BTW. This comes as the country is reporting a huge increase in deaths and hospitalizations. Over in Europe, countries are continuing to intro new restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Deaths are spiking by 43 percent across Europe. The UK economy is heading back into a recession - and suffered the biggest GDP fall of any major economy in the second quarter this year. (ICYDK, the GDP is the broadest measure of goods and services produced in Britain.) Denmark plans to kill up to 17 million mink to stop the spread of a mutated version of the virus. And China is barring travelers from Britain, France, and India.

 

WORLD: A lot is going on in Ethiopia. We’ll fill you in. Over the past few days, Ethiopia’s prime minister - Abiy Ahmed, who won the Nobel Peace Prize about a year ago - has been making moves to take further control of the Ethiopian region of Tigray. You read that right. Ahmed says the region’s leadership has been defying his authority for months - and just crossed “the last red line.” Now, Ahmed’s cutting off internet and phone access, deploying the military, and imposing a state of emergency in Tigray. Meaning the region is pretty much isolated from the rest of Ethiopia. Intro fears of a civil war. Meanwhile, Poland is now delaying its near-total ban on abortion. Yes, really. This comes after the country saw some of its biggest protests in decades over the ban. 

 

USA: Yesterday, several hundred protesters took to the streets of New York City, chanting slogans like “every city, every town, burn the precincts to the ground.” In response, police showed up, appearing to push protesters out of the streets and contain them on sidewalks. It wasn’t long before police in riot gear joined the fray. And it wasn’t long before they started shoving protesters to the ground and arresting them. In total, nearly 60 people were detained. Stay tuned. Speaking of which, Philadelphia police just released the bodycam video of the killing of Walter Wallace, Jr., a Black man who suffered from Bipolar disorder. Officials warn the video is “traumatic.”  


WHAT TO KNOW

Fries near me:” one of the trending Google searches on Election Night. 


SAY WHAT?

“A lot of things were taken away from Ukraine, but they will not take our borscht” - a chef on why he’s lobbying for the soup to be recognized as a Ukrainian cultural heritage. 

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