Midday News To Use: 11.16.2020

More than a Million
Vaccine candidates from Moderna and Pfizer give hope as in just 6 days the United States added 1 million new coronavirus cases. Some states are rushing to set up restrictions as hospitalizations grow. Nationwide covid cases stand at 11 million. Health experts are calling the pandemic a “humanitarian” crisis and pleading with President Trump to allow transition talks between his health officials and aides of President-elect Joe Biden.
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He Won
President Trump said in a Tweet that “He Won” referring to Joe Biden winning the Presidency, only to two hours later say he was not conceding. Trump promised to press on with his legal battle, but nearly every lawsuit his legal team has brought has been as they say “laughed out of Court.” And no lawsuit has changed a single vote. Recently, the Trump campaign retreated from a key claim in a Pennsylvania suit.
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Yet Another One
Hurricane Iota is rapidly strengthening as it approaches Central America, where it’s expected to make landfall tonight as a dangerous Category 4 storm. Iota is threatening the coast of Nicaragua and will be the second deadly storm in as many weeks to hit the area. Earlier this month, Hurricane Eta made landfall as a Category 4 storm. This storm is expected to continue west and move into the pacific.
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Not Even Close
The Million Maga march over the weekend in Washington DC turned into a couple of thousand person march. It was organized to protest the results of the election in which former Vice President Joe Biden won the Presidency by 5 million votes. At night the march became violent as the Trump supporters including the Proud Boy carried racist signs saying “coming for blacks and indians”.
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Night Flight
In a spectacular night time launch, NASA and SpaceX sent four astronauts, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut with Japan’s space agency, into space. They are now in orbit, riding aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule that is expected to dock with the ISS tonight at 11 pm ET. It’s a great time to became a member of the Planetary Society.
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