November 13, 2020 News Summary
US Politics and Economics
Ten days after the election, the NYT, CNN, and NBC have made a call in Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina, projecting that two of the states will go to Vice President Biden, and one of them going to Incumbent President Donald Trump. Georgia and Arizona were both called today for Biden (although Georgia is expected to enter a recount), bringing him to 306 electoral votes. This is the first time a Democrat carried the state of Arizona since 1996 when Bill Clinton took the state and his reelection, and the first time a Democrat carried the state of Georgia since 1992. This also brings the number of states the Democrats flipped to 5. Finally, for Trump, he is projected to win the state of North Carolina, bringing his electoral vote totals to 232. Overall, Biden has a 3.5 point lead over Trump in the popular vote, having 78 million votes compared to the President’s 72.7m. Despite this, the President has yet to concede, with his campaign claiming that many of Biden’s ballots were cast illegally, with no solid evidence of voter fraud.
Texas hasn’t always been a Republican stronghold. According to Reform Austin, Texas was blue depending on consistent victories of the Democratic Party in both presidential and midterm elections. Texas would continue to elect Democrats even though their electoral votes would continually go toward Republican candidates. 30 years ago, Texas saw the governorship of Ann Richards, the state’s first female governor, and a great candidate for liberals and Democrats across the nation. “The state of Texas liked Ann Richards a lot. On the day they voted her out of office. She had an approval rating of over 50%,” said Reggie Bashur who’s press secretary for future President George W. Bush. Now when did Texas turn red? According to Republican strategist Lee Atwater, Richard Nixon’s plan was a deliberate attempt to appeal to white voters’ view on racial progress. It was an effective strategy that slowly dwindled strong Democrat support in Texas.
According to, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of November 13, 2020, 12:32 PM, there are 10.31 million cases nationwide and 241k deaths. Currently, Texas leads with 1.05 million cases, while California follows with 984k.
(Washington Post) Trump stated that a vaccine may be available to the general population by April, as the U.S has been experiencing unmatched COVID-19 cases. Today is the 3rd record-breaking day consecutively. At least 25 states and Washington D.C. reported that their seven-day average of new cases is up 30 percent from the previous day, and every state is reporting an influx of COVID-19 cases.
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Per SciTechDaily, an AI-powered electronic nose can smell and analyze the freshness of meat. It uses a barcode that changes color as the meat decays and its gases differ. Co-lead author Professor Chen Xiaodong, the Director of Innovative Centre for Flexible Devices at NTU, details, “These barcodes help consumers to save money by ensuring that they do not discard products that are still fit for consumption, which also helps the environment. The biodegradable and non-toxic nature of the barcodes also means they could be safely applied in all parts of the food supply chain to ensure food freshness.”
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Health: Matthew, David, and Owen
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