December 3, 2020 News Summary
US Politics and Economics
James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, has recently released recordings of CNN zoom calls from which he was a secret participant for over two months. O’Keefe managed to obtain several key recordings where high ranking CNN positions, including CNN President Jeff Zucker, openly spoke out against Trump. Referring to the President, Zucker urged his staff, “He is acting erratically and desperately, and we need to, we need to not normalize that,” while adding, “If we’ve made any mistake, it[']s been our banners have been too polite [to Trump]…” CNN has threatened to press charges, but O’Keefe claims that he is not worried at all, since no law, according to legal experts, has been violated.
As the two senate seats in Georgia remain uncalled due to the runoff election, some worry that the President’s unproven claims of fraud could depress election turnout among Republicans, many of whom refuse to vote under the belief that to do so would be to participate in a rigged election, according to the New York Times. Indeed, the NYT said that a handful of Trump’s allies want supporters to boycott the elections. As for the election itself, CNN reports that more than 940,000 mail-in ballots have been requested in Georgia.
As COVID cases continue to rise, the White House Coronavirus Task Force states that some states may be underestimating just how dangerous this virus is. As the Sunday task report asserts, “The COVID risk to all Americans is at a historic high. We are in a very dangerous place due to the current, extremely high COVID baseline and limited hospital capacity.” According to Texas Tribune, “The task force urged state and local leaders to adopt aggressive mitigation measures, such as limiting capacity in indoor spaces, and to fervently enforce safety guidelines, including social distancing and mask-wearing.”
According to, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of December 3, 2020, 12:32 PM, there are 13.82 million cases nationwide and 275k deaths. Currently, Texas leads with 1.29 million cases, while California follows with 1.24 million cases.
(KHOU) A new report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the city of Houston is still in an economic pit. Over 151,000 jobs have been lost since October 2019. Vollrath, a Chair of the University of Houston Economics Department, says that Houston is trying to climb out of this hole of economic downturn, but we aren’t fast enough.
Science and Technology
China has declared that its latest lunar probe has finished taking samples of the moon’s surface, which are sealed within the spacecraft. This is the first time such a mission has been attempted by any country in more than 40 years.
A new study by a team of physicists led by the University of Iowa reports the first detection of a burst of cosmic-ray electrons. Don Gurnett, professor emeritus in physics and astronomy at Iowa and the study’s corresponding author expands, “What we see here specifically is a certain mechanism whereby when the shock wave first contacts the interstellar magnetic field lines passing through the spacecraft, it reflects and accelerates some of the cosmic ray electrons. We have identified through the cosmic ray instruments these are electrons that were reflected and accelerated by interstellar shocks propagating outward from energetic solar events at the sun. That is a new mechanism.”
Southeast US Weather
The following information is gathered from the Tropical Weather discussion.
As cold fronts hit throughout many places within the US, including the Gulf of Mexico, there will likely not be any storms in the offseason. Furthermore, the disturbance east of Africa, previously situated between the Madeira Islands and the Azores, is weakening and is now located northwest of the Canary Islands. This low will move southeast before dissipating on Friday.
Another cold front is coming on the coast of south-central Louisiana. These strong northwest gale force winds in the western Gulf will persist from 23N to offshore Veracruz, Mexico this evening and continue through Friday evening. Then, it’ll reach from the Florida Panhandle to the west coast of the Yucatan Peninsula before weakening as it exits the southeast Gulf Saturday night
(Pacific) A strong gale with winds of 20-30 kt is located at the Baja California peninsula and will persist through late Friday, with sea heights in the 8-11 ft range and northwest swell.
US Politics and Economics: Dylan, Miranda, Caleb, and Annabelle
Texas Politics: Stephanie, Vicki, and Megan
Health: Matthew, David, and Owen
Science and Technology: Bryan and Yiqi
Southeast US Weather: Simon
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