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Biden picks California attorney Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Homeland Security department. He would be the first Latino to hold the post. LA Times
Joe Biden said Tuesday that he will focus on undoing President Trump’s policies on immigration and climate change during his first 100 days in office. In his first interview since the Nov. 3 election, the president-elect told NBC News’ Lester Holt that his agenda will include sending an immigration bill to Congress and doing away... New York Post
In 2020, President Trump proved that demography isn’t political destiny by increasing his share of black and Latino voters over his 2016 tally. He did so in part by taking a hard line against socialism; voters from these groups had seen their household incomes increase and jobless rates hit historic lows prior to the pandemic.... New York Post
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Former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell said she will file a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging widespread election fraud in Georgia's voting machines and "foreign intrusion" in the U.S. election. "There are just countless incidents of voter fraud and election fraud, writ large, in Georgia," Ms. Powell told Fox Business host Lou ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hopefully this is not shear stupidity.
Charges of election fraud by President Trump and his legal advisers are tripping up Republicans in Georgia's U.S. Senate runoffs and stoking fears that the GOP majority in the upper chamber could be put at risk. Republicans worry the charges of a rigged election in the Republican-run state will turn ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Tuesday that her office is investigating threats against election officials in Wayne County, where two Republicans voted against certifying the results last week before reversing course. Monica Palmer, the chair of the county's canvassing board, told state canvassers Monday that she ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Something is happening.
Nearly 400 absentee ballots cast in Milwaukee that were not opened on Election Day were discovered as part of a recount Tuesday, a mistake the city's top elections official attributed to human error. Democrat Joe Biden won Wisconsin by 20,600 votes and President Donald Trump paid for ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A reality that looks bad.
Dow crests 30,000 points on vaccine hopes, Biden transition ABC
VOA VIEW: The vaccine was what was important.
Governors and mayors are ratcheting up mask mandates and imposing restrictions. ABC
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The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Doug Burgum does not have the authority to appoint someone to a state House seat won by a Republican candidate who died before the election ABC
Home Depot has reached a $17.5 million settlement with the attorney generals of most U.S. states over a 2014 data breach in which the payment card information of some 40 million customers was exposed ABC
President-elect Biden will begin receiving the President's Daily Brief, a classified intelligence report. CBS
VOA VIEW: As may be necessary.
Census data show that some 9 million people — 1 in 6 U.S. households — are behind on their rent. CBS
VOA VIEW: These are sad times, thanks to China.
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Hundreds of outsiders are descending on the remote Nevada desert near the military's mysterious "Area 51" base. They are there for the so-called "Storm Area 51" event. What began as a joke on Facebook for people curious about the site and aliens has turned into a music, movie and space-themed entertainment festival. Decades of secrecy surrounding "Area 51" has fueled speculation that it's where the government studies aliens that have visited Earth. CBS
"Let your guard drop and measles will come raging back." Dr. Paul Offit said. CBS
U.S. stock futures rose slightly on Tuesday night following a banner day for three of the for major market benchmarks. CNBC
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Homeowners now have unprecedented potential to save on their monthly payments through a mortgage refinance. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good for homeowners.
"We are immediately getting them all of the pre-prepared transition briefing materials," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden would like to get some credit for the vaccine.
The shipments, which won't contain the actual vaccine vials, will test the systems used by state health departments to order vaccine doses. CNBC
The event gave Americans their first opportunity to hear directly from the nominees, who have decades of experience but are not necessarily household names. CNBC
Senate Democrats wrote a letter to YouTube's CEO, citing concern about rampant election misinformation on the platform. CNBC
VOA VIEW: More like manipulation of facts.
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Food banks in California's Bay Area that had served 1,400 households per month in February are now expecting that figure to skyrocket, reaching 4,400 households this month. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Not good times.
Egypt on Tuesday temporarily opened its border with Gaza for the first time since blocking access during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. UPI
Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft participated in exercises led by Colombia and Ecuador earlier this month. UPI
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General Motors says it will immediately step away from Trump administration efforts to scale back strict fuel economy standards in California and work with President-elect Joe Biden on plans for environmental goals. UPI
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Team Biden want to take credit for what Trump has done. Joe Biden is fearmongering that “more people may die,” because Team Trump hasn’t begun shifting oversight over COVID-19 vaccines to Team Biden: “There was a plan for 300 million doses to be available at the end of the year. What they’re reporting now is 20 to 30 million doses available. Why? Where’s the bottleneck?”
Biden mixed up the numbers — again. Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of Operation Warp Speed, predicts 20 million doses will be shipped out on Dec. 11 and 12 — and immediately administered to health workers and other high-risk groups in all 50 states. Tens of millions more doses will be delivered according to a precision plan in the following months, with delivery sites already designated by each state’s health department. By May, Slaoui predicts, enough Americans will have been vaccinated to create herd immunity, allowing the nation to get back to normal — a historic triumph. Provided politics doesn’t blow it up, that is.
Biden’s advisers have dangerous ideas about who should get vaccinated first. Already, groups like the corrupt World Health Organization are objecting that the United States has purchased hundreds of millions of doses, putting Americans ahead of others. WHO wants every country to get a vaccine supply based on its population, sending 2 percent to each country, then ramping up eventually to 20 percent. That would doom America to more suffering, because herd immunity requires about a 70 percent vaccination rate.
What’s scary is that Biden advisers buy into this globalist mentality. God help us if they interfere with Warp Speed. Biden’s COVID adviser, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, slams “vaccine nationalism,” calling it unethical that the rich countries developing vaccines get first dibs. Emanuel, a member of several WHO advisory groups, proposes in the journal Science a vaccine-distribution model whose effect would be to prioritize poor countries with younger populations first, because vaccinating an elderly person saves fewer life years than vaccinating a younger person.