November 7, 2020 News Summary
Updated: Nov 11, 2020
US Politics and Economics
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been declared the winner of the 2020 Presidential election after acquiring Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes at 10:30 AM CT, thereby flipping a state that Trump won decisively in 2016.
The former Vice President broke the 270 electoral vote threshold required to become President after two days of remaining at 253 electoral votes, as the states of Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania remained too close or too early to call. As of this morning, Biden leads by 4 million votes, with 74.4 million votes compared to Trump’s 70.3 million. Despite this, the incumbent President has yet to make a concession speech to concede the election and has claimed in both speech and tweets that many of the ballots going to Biden were “illegal.”
As Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris is now the 49th Vice President, granting her the title as the first female and woman of color to be vice president. If Biden takes office in January, Trump will be the first President in nearly 30 years to lose a reelection; the last time happened in 1992 when George H.W. Bush lost to challenger Bill Clinton.
Over 6,000 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in Texas with an increase of 1,134 more cases compared to last week. As of today, 18,700 citizens in Texas have died since the beginning of the pandemic. Furthermore, after the beginning of October, average weekly cases have more than doubled, while hospitalizations increase by 90%. As state restrictions have begun to loosen from September, experts warn of a surge in cases in the near future.
According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of November 7, 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.
(CNN) Biden will announce a COVID-19 task force led by former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, former FDA commissioner David Kessler, and Yale University's Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith on Monday. The task force’s priority is to draw more attention to COVID-19 through planned televised briefings concerning the virus.
Science and Technology
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is working on a landing system that could put astronauts on the moon by as early as 2024 — but it’s also keeping its options open to deliver a ton of cargo to the lunar surface a year before that.
A meteorite that came from Mars billions of years ago reveals ancient impact events on Mars. Some minerals from the Martian crust are oxidized, suggesting there was once water on the red planet. “I study minerals in Martian meteorites to understand how Mars formed and its crust and mantle evolved. This is the first time I have investigated this particular meteorite, nicknamed Black Beauty for its dark color,” stated Professor Takashi Mikouchi at the University of Tokyo. “Our samples of NWA 7533 were subjected to four different kinds of spectroscopic analysis, ways of detecting chemical fingerprints. The results led our team to draw some exciting conclusions.”
Southeast US Weather
(Atlantic) Tropical Storm Eta will cause heavy damage as it goes past Cuba to the South Coast of Florida. As a hurricane, it will make landfall at Florida’s tip before moving down its west coast and into the Gulf.
(Pacific) Tropical Storm Odalys dissipated this Friday, leaving the Pacific with no current disturbances.
(Local) The skies are expected to remain clear for the next few days. The high will hang around the low 80s while the low will stay in the mid-50s.
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