November 14, 2020 News Summary
US Politics and Economics
Although every major media outlet has called the 2020 election for Biden, the Trump campaign filed numerous lawsuits and has yet to honor Biden as the 46th President of the US. These lawsuits have been filed in key swing states such as Nevada, Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, all of which were key states for Biden in the recent election, and four of which Trump won in the 2016 election. In Pennsylvania, the campaign filed a lawsuit claiming that observers were not allowed to watch the vote count in Philadelphia, a city that normally overwhelmingly votes Democratic. That lawsuit was ultimately dismissed. In Michigan, where Biden won the state with a margin of 147,000, the campaign filed a lawsuit last Wednesday to stop ballots from being counted, stating that poll watchers were not allowed to observe the counting. This lawsuit was also dismissed. Finally, in Arizona, a key battleground state, the campaign filed another lawsuit claiming that sharpies were used on ballots in Maricopa county (the state’s largest county, home to Phoenix, the 5th largest US city) which made it so that votes marked with the permanent marker were not counted properly. However, with no evidence to back up this claim, the lawsuit was dropped. Even with Trump’s legal efforts becoming futile, it is not known whether the President will concede defeat.
Currently, El Paso has had over 72,238 cumulative positive COVID-19 tests. Hence, Gov. Greg Abbott has deployed resources, such as medical personnel, equipment, PPE, to El Paso to help combat COVID-19. Additionally, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) provided over 9.1 million masks, over 3 million gloves, over 964,000 gowns and coveralls, and over 245,000 face shields to El Paso, where there are currently 8 operating testing sites.
According to, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of November 14, 2020, 12:32 PM, there are 10.69 million cases nationwide and 243k deaths. Currently, Texas leads with 1.07 million cases, while California follows with 984k.
(Market Watch) BioNTech and Pfizer Inc.’s vaccines have been surprisingly very effective. The companies, which in March teamed up to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Their vaccine has a efficiency rate higher than 90%.
Science and Technology
Per BBC, space launches may be delayed by rainy weather. NASA and SpaceX were “due to send four astronauts to the International Space Station late on Saturday - but then the weather changed their plans.” They are currently scheduled to launch on Sunday, but their latest launch “in May 2020, was delayed several days by bad weather.”
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are making a wearable electronic device that is like real wearable skin. “Smart watches are functionally nice, but they’re always a big chunk of metal on a band,” said Zhang, a professor in the Department of Chemistry. “If we want a truly wearable device, ideally it will be a thin film that can comfortably fit onto your body.”
Southeast US Weather
(Atlantic) As Tropical Storm Theta began its turn a few hours ago, it is now expected to dissipate mid-next week, if not earlier. While on the other side, another tropical storm poses the threat of landfall to the counties South of Mexico. It may hit Honduras and Nicaragua with Hurricane winds.
(Pacific) A disturbance has been spotted about 200 miles west of Mexico’s west coast. It will likely not make landfall, and it has a 60% chance of forming and moving North.
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 Amelia
Southeast US Weather: Simon
(All writers and editors are in middle to high school)