November 6, 2020 News Summary
US Politics and Economics
The election results remain a mystery, as six states are still counting ballots: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Biden currently has 253 electoral votes, while Trump has 214, according to the NYT and NBC (although some have called the state of Arizona for Biden, bringing his total to 264). Biden also has 4 million more votes than Trump, with 74.1 million compared to Trump’s 70 million. The closest states as of this morning are Georgia, where Biden leads by a mere 4,100 votes, also flipping Pennsylvania by a margin of 15,000. As for the Senate, the score is tied at 48-48, while Democrats are expected to retain control of the House, with 209 votes compared to the GOP’s 193.
Amid the election, attention rise as tweets over alleged voter fraud go viral, a concern that sprung up before the election began. On November 4th, Trump led in key states Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia, setting him up for a total of 280 points. However, over the course of the next two days, Biden gradually accumulated votes and flipped these states. The President demanded a recount, tweeting “STOP THE COUNT,” while noting that his leads “miraculously disappeared.” MSM outlets have denounced his claims as “insubstantial,” and Twitter has flagged many of President Trump’s posts as misleading or to be misinformation. Still, worries over possible voter fraud spread like wildfire across social networks. On the other hand, opponents call voter fraud a myth, blaming miscounts and double voting on clerical errors, while critics of the current situation point out that there have already been 15 convicted cases of voter fraud in 2020 with almost 1300 proven instances of voter fraud in total, although this number may not account for all cases.
In Fort Worth, Texas, Carmen Ayala, the Culture and Events Manager at Jolt Initiative, an organization focusing on increasing voter registration, turnout, and participation among young Hispanic Texans, reassures citizens worried over the 2020 election. Ayala told Kcentv, “We don’t have time to look back. It’s how fast you get up. Once you get knocked down, it’s how fast you get back up, put the gloves back on and continue to fight.” Before the pandemic, Ayala set up voter registration drives at quinceañeras across the state and registered citizens over 18, while encouraging younger teens to vote later on in life.
According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of November 6, 2020, 12:32 PM, there are over 9.58 million cases and 234k deaths nationwide. California leads with the most cases at a total of 940k, and Texas follows by a total of 926k cases.
(Statnews) The spread of a mutated COVID-19 among minks has caused fears that the mutation may begin infecting humans. Denmark has killed millions of minks in the fear of another dangerous mutation, while Danish authorities say they’ve found some genetic changes that might undermine the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines currently in development.
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Per BBC, “Mutations in coronavirus have triggered culls of millions of mink across Denmark.” The country has been put under lockdown after authorities “found genetic changes they say might undermine the effectiveness of future COVID-19 vaccines.” Strains related to mink have been found with more than 200 people, a report says. Nonetheless, the World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that “it is too early to jump to conclusions.”
NASA’s Lucy mission may now begin its journey to the Trojan asteroids as the Lucy long Range Reconnaissance Imager (L’LORRI) travels to where the spacecraft is being built. Lucy principal investigator, Hal Levison commends, “Lucy is an amazing spacecraft, but I’m always looking forward to the day when we start getting data from these never before seen fossils of the solar system. Now that we have installed the first scientific instrument, we are one step closer to that day.”
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