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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Election results are stilllll coming in. Still.

 

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, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Alaska. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Over the past few hours, Joe Biden pulled ahead in both Georgia and Pennsylvania. You read that right. As of now, he’s up by over 1,500 votes in Georgia and about 9,000 votes in Pennsylvania, but that lead is expected to grow as more absentee ballots from primarily Democratic counties are counted. Over in Arizona, his lead over Trump narrowed, with a couple hundred thousand more votes remaining. But in Nevada, his lead grew to 22,000 votes. And in North Carolina and Alaska, things stayed virtually the same, Trump ahead in both states. 

 

THE REACTION. 

We’ll remind you: Biden currently has 253 electoral votes, while Trump has about 213. If Biden holds on to even just Pennsylvania, he’s won the presidency. And it’s super likely we’ll know whether or not that’s the case by the end of the day. Only a slight problem…Prez Trump’s not exactly ready to concede defeat. See: he grabbed the mic yesterday for what’s been labelled his most dishonest speech yet. Tension, high. 

 

THE TAKE. 

Biden is thiiiis close to becoming the president-elect. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

ELECTION: That’s not the only election news making headlines. We’ll fill you in. Across the country, there were some protests as election results keep coming in. This comes as police are investigating an apparent plot to attack Pennsylvania Convention Center, where votes were being tallied last night. Oh, and Twitter permanently suspended Steve Bannon (as in Trump’s former adviser) after he called for attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Chrisopther Wray. Yes, really. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Georgia’s Senate races, which are expected to go to runoffs and could determine which party wins the Senate. And in other news, multiple states gave the thumbs-up to amendments that’d cut racist language.  

 

DISASTERS: Recently, Storm Eta - formerly a Category 4 hurricane - brought torrential rain and high winds to Guatemala. That caused landslides that have killed at least 50 people so far. More than 20 other people are reported to have died as a result of the storm. Now, it looks like it’s regenerating in the Caribbean Sea and heading towards Florida. Meanwhile, California just declared that it will bar insurers from dropping homeowners for one year in many parts of the state. Because, wildfires. And speaking of which, new research says that it’s urgent that we cut greenhouse gases from food productions. Plus that we can’t stop climate change by just focusing on emissions from fossil fuels. 

 

CORONAVIRUS: The US recorded more than 121,000 new coronavirus cases yesterday. Not a typo. That marks an all-time high for the coronavirus pandemic in the US - with the previous all-time high being just the day before. Now, the CDC is predicting that about 31,000 more Americans could die of the virus in the next couple weeks. Cue officials intro’ing new restrictions in many areas. Meanwhile, Europe is still facing a huge increase in coronavirus cases - leading to new restrictions and lockdowns in some countries. And on that note: ESPN is reportedly planning on laying off 300 employees, while also not filling 200 job positions. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Beach ball-sized jellyfish:” what was just spotted in South Carolina. Do they know the murder hornets? 


SAY WHAT?

“He’s done a lot of interviews locally, he’s had a lot of pets, a lot of belly scratches and a lot of ear rubs” - a campaign official after a Kentucky town elected a French bulldog named Wilbur as mayor. Ruff life. 

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