October 24, 2020 News Summary
Updated: Oct 26, 2020
US Politics and Economics
As of 8AM this morning, national early voting numbers have hit 54 million, which exceeds the total number of early votes in 2016. Texas and California lead in the number of ballots cast with 6.4 million and 6.1 million ballots respectively. University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald, the creator of the US Elections Project, predicts that 150 million, or 65% of eligible voters, will vote in this election.
This record turnout is accompanied by long lines and enthusiastic crowds. In states such as Georgia, some have waited 10 hours just to cast a ballot, demonstrating the regard citizens have towards this election.
In the states that count party registration, Democrats lead with 50% of total ballots cast, and Republicans trail at 27%. However, Republicans lead in in-person votes with 39% compared to the Democrat’s 38%. In total, the 54 million ballots cast represent just under 40% of the total ballots cast in 2016.
Marc Kasowitz, a lawyer for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, threatened to sue the Lincoln Project over their billboard ads in Times Square featuring the couple. The ad depicted a smiling Ivanka gesturing with her hands to a COVID-19 death count, while an adjacent ad displayed a smiling Kusner next to body bags. Referring to the city’s handling of COVID-19, the quote reads, verbatim, “[New Yorkers] are going to suffer, and that’s their problem.”
Kasowitz accuses the ads of being “false, malicious, and defamatory.” He demanded that the ads be taken down immediately or they would “sue [the Lincoln Project] for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages.” The Lincoln project refused, calling Ivanka and Jared “out-of-touch” bullies. Their full statement can be found here.
The pictures were taken from an earlier selfie showing Ivanka’s support for Goya company amid the movement to boycott and a Vanity Fair article which featured an alleged quote by Kusher criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York for not acquiring enough PPE for his state.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has prepared 2.8 million doses of flu vaccine for the Texas Vaccines for Children Program and the Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative. Meanwhile, other clinics and health departments have ordered 1.8 million doses of flu vaccines. Per Gov.Texas, “...by decreasing the number of illnesses, hospitalizations, and fatalities, ...health care providers can focus resources on treating COVID-19 patients.” Gov. Abbott further urged for “every Texan to go get a flu shot to protect themselves and their loved ones from the spread of influenza."
According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of October 24, 2020, 12:15 PM, there are almost 8.47 million cases and 223.4k deaths nationwide. California leads with the most infections at a total of 874k, and Texas follows with 833.5k cases.
(ABC13) Remdesivir, which has full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), acts similarly to how Tamiflu fights against the flu, per Dr. Linda Yancey from Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Luis Ostrosky, an infectious disease specialist with UTHealth, calls the drug a “u-turn drug.”
Science and Technology
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) discovered a new way to regulate the growth of microscopic spirals. Professor Song Jin details that “...in the last few years, scientists have realized that when you make a small twist between atomic layers — usually a few degrees — you create very interesting physical properties, such as unconventional superconductivity. For example, the twisted material loses its electrical resistance completely at the low temperature. Researchers consider these 2D-quantum materials, and call such work twistronics.”
Southeast US Weather
(Atlantic) Hurricane Epsilon is in the North Atlantic and with moderately strong winds and speeds at 49 mph. On the other hand, tropical depression 28 is heading straight into the Gulf, with anticipated to skip by Houston and hit Louisiana. If this happens, three storms will have hit the same spot in one year. If the course changes slightly to the left, however, it will likely hit Galveston.
(Pacific) There are presently no storms in both the East and Central Pacific.
(Local) The high of the following 10 days will be around 83 degrees Fahrenheit with a low of 51 degrees Fahrenheit. The average should be around 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Chances of rain will increase next Wednesday to 50%.
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