There was more good news yesterday for Biden in Michigan, where officials certified a Democratic victory. The president’s allies and losing Republican Senate candidate John James had tried to delay certification for two weeks for officials to audit votes, and even invited the state’s legislative leaders to the White House last week , but in vain.
- What does the GSA decision mean? Read our explainer on the GSA, why the announcement was delayed and why it is so important.
- Carl Bernstein named 21 Republican senators who privately expressed their contempt for Trump, saying the information came from “colleagues, staff, lobbyists [and] Help from the White House ”. The veteran investigative reporter has named Republican heavyweights including Marco Rubio and John Thune.
The establishment’s politicians take the reins in Biden’s historic cabinet
Biden did not wait for Trump’s signal to begin his transition. The president-elect announced his cabinet on Monday and, as expected, Antony Blinken has been appointed secretary of state. Blinken’s internationalist views will mark a “radical shift” in the Trump administration, writes Julian Borger.
Biden has also started to keep his promise of diversity within the cabinet. If confirmed, Alejandro Mayorkas would become the first Latino and migrant to take on the role of Homeland Security Secretary, and Avril Haines would be the first female Director of National Intelligence, while Janet Yellen would become the first female Treasury Secretary.
The appointment of heavyweight John Kerry as special envoy on the climate crisis has been welcomed by environmental activists, with one describing the move as “an encouraging signal that the United States will make the climate emergency an issue. national security ”.
- Dianne Feinstein to step down as Democrat atop Senate Judiciary Panel, she announced Monday. The California senator held the post for four years, but said she would not seek to keep it, instead wishing to focus on the “two existential threats” her state faces – wildfires and drought.
Covid hospitalizations reach record highs, but ‘antibody cocktail’ arrives
More people are hospitalized in the United States with coronavirus than ever before, with the latest figures showing a record 83,870 people in hospital on Sunday. The surge in coronavirus cases couldn’t come at a much worse time, with Thanksgiving just around the corner. Millions of people are expected to defy restrictions on gatherings, and there are fears that students returning home for the holidays will take the coronavirus with them.
In better news, the federal government is starting to distribute the cocktail of antibodies the president was treated with upon being admitted to hospital with coronavirus. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the government plans to distribute 30,000 doses of the Regeneron product on Tuesday, and more in the coming weeks.
- Angels has banned dining out for at least three weeks and plans to introduce a new stay-at-home order, amid a surge in coronavirus cases and fears of a shortage of hospital beds. Los Angeles officials have urged residents not to travel or gather in groups for Thanksgiving this week.
the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has canceled his Thanksgiving plan to visit his 89-year-old mother following a backlash. Cuomo had announced his vacation plans on Monday, although he urged his constituents not to gather for the celebration. Later that day, his office said his plans had changed and he would be working through Thanksgiving.
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In other news …
- Pope Francis says anti-masks are “stuck in their own little world of interests”, and pitted protests against coronavirus restrictions against the “healthy outrage” of anti-racist protests after George Floyd’s death, in a new book. He also praised a visiting delegation of NBA players as “champions” for their work on racial equality.
Elon Musk overtook Bill Gates as the second richest person in the world, just a week after passing Mark Zuckerberg as third richest. Musk’s net worth has soared to over $ 100 billion this year as Tesla’s share price has risen, but he remains well behind Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.
Statistic of the day: Trump plans to allow mining on 11 square miles of sacred land
The Trump administration is trying to transfer ownership of the Arizona Oak apartment to a mining company. A dozen Southwestern Native American tribes have strong ties to the apartment and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If the mine proceeds as planned, it will consume 11 square miles, covering Apache cemeteries and sacred sites. Once all of the ore is removed, the area will be left with a crater approximately 1,000 feet deep and nearly 2 miles in diameter.
Don’t miss this: Will Ivanka and Jared be welcome in New York City?
As Trump’s reign comes to an end, so too does the status enjoyed by his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The couple are expected to return to their former New York City, but could receive a brutal welcome.
I see no indication that they are returning or that they would be welcome here, ”said investigative reporter Andrew Bernstein. “The inquiries are a symbol of the problems the family might face in New York City, when the Vanity Fair article was not interesting for what it said, but for the fact that the author was saying it so publicly. .
Last thing: UFO in Utah?
No, this is not a scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey. This monolith is what a helicopter crew encountered in a remote part of Utah while counting bighorn sheep. The structure is estimated to be around 3 meters high and planted in the ground, but other than that, little is known about its origins. Helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings told local news channel KSLTV, “It’s just about the strangest thing I’ve encountered there in all my years of flying.”
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