December 4, 2020 News Summary
US Politics and Economics
The state of Wisconsin, a key battleground state that Joe Biden won in the general election by 0.6 points (~20,000 votes), was another target of the Trump team’s claims of fraud as they continue to battle for an overturn of results in states. Wisconsin’s supreme court, in a 4-3 ruling, declined to hear a campaign lawsuit attempting to disqualify over 200,000 ballots. The court’s three democratic judges and one conservative judge ruled against the lawsuit, saying that the state court was not the proper venue for the campaign to file a lawsuit, and suggested that it refile the suit in a lower state court. The deadline for the electoral college vote is rapidly approaching, with only 10 days before the college is expected to meet for the official vote for president.
In this holiday, hundreds of thousands of Texans prepare to lose unemployment benefits after Christmas. On Dec. 26, the benefits that were expanded during the pandemic through the CARES Act will be gone unless Congress approves new legislation. Texans who were covered by state unemployment received 13 additional weeks of benefits. Under CARES act, Allan Mayes, a musician in Austin, shares with kxan.com. “Food banks in Austin, Texas are scary. There’s people worse than me. I cannot imagine what some of these people are going through with children.”
According to, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of December 4, 2020, 12:32 PM, there are 14.04 million cases nationwide and 275k deaths. Currently, Texas leads with 1.31 million cases, while California follows with 1.26 million cases.
(NPR) For 78 years, the Advertising Council has been helping Americans face national challenges. Recently, the group has decided to launch a widely targeted mask-up campaign with a "unified and consistent message."
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