October 30, 2020 News Summary
Updated: Nov 1, 2020
US Politics and Economics
Both the 2020 Presidential and Congressional campaigns are on track to break records in spending from both sides. The numbers have hit $14 billion, over double the amount spent in 2016’s figure of $6.5 billion. In fact, the presidential race alone has spent more than all 2016 campaigns combined, at just shy of $7 billion.
82 million early votes have been cast. California leads at 9.2 million, Texas in second with 8.5 million, and Florida in third with 7.4 million. The 82 million total ballots make up nearly 60% of the number cast in 2016, while Texas is at over 95%. Although Republicans are voting more in-person, Democrats maintain the lead of total early votes at 47%, compared to the Republicans’ 30%. Currently, the number of in-person votes is roughly half of the number of mail-in votes.
According to the New York Times, over 8.5 million Texan citizens have cast ballots, 95% of the total number of people who voted in 2016. Democrats point out that the political shifts brought by the state’s fast-growing and diverse population suggest a turn in the state. The President has supercharged those changes, placing the traditionally conservative suburbs into open revolt against many voters, particularly women, see as a divisive presidency. For example, Plano, a once-reliably conservative city, has tilted towards the Democrat party. “They want to turn Texas into California or New York,” Senator John Cornyn warned at a campaign stop, expressing his opinions of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, “This is for all the marbles.” On the contrary, Julie Oliver, a progressive Democrat announced, “I actually think Biden can win Texas. I really do.”
According to CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, as of October 30, 2020, 12:15 PM, there are over 8.92 million cases and 228k deaths nationwide. California leads with the most cases at almost a total of 913k, and Texas follows by a total of 886.8k cases.
(CNBC) Moderna, a biotech company, is preparing for a global launch of its potential COVID-19 vaccine. The company has already taken 1.1 billion dollars of deposits from governments trying to get the vaccine. “We are actively preparing for the launch of mRNA-1273 and we have signed a number of supply agreements with governments around the world,” stated CEO Stephane Bancel in a press release.
Science and Technology
Research proves that dogs, humankind’s oldest companion, were domesticated before “any other known species” 11,000 years ago, the end of the last Ice Age. During the period, dogs were “widespread across the northern hemisphere at this time, and had already split into five different types.”
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission has successfully stowed the spacecraft’s Sample Return Capsule (SRC). NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine praises, “This achievement by OSIRIS-REx on behalf of NASA and the world has lifted our vision to the higher things we can achieve...on course to vastly increase our collection on Earth of samples from space. Samples like this are going to transform what we know about our universe and ourselves, which is at the base of all NASA’s endeavors.”
The first tests from SpaceX's Starlink internet project show average speeds of up to 70 megabits, according to an analysis of Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data from PCMag. The Starlink internet proves to be efficient; however, it is still in the process of being developed.
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