Midday News To Use: 11.17.2020

Another Vaccine
Moderna announced its coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective — the second US vaccine with a stunningly high success rate. But the virus is spreading at unprecedented speeds nationwide. The US has recorded more than 100,000 daily infections for two weeks straight. Yesterday, it had about 166,000 new cases along with another high of over 73,000 coronavirus hospitalizations nationwide.
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Really?
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says he has been under pressure from his fellow Republicans critical of the state’s projected win for President-elect Joe Biden. He accused Sen. Lindsey Graham of hinting that he should try to discard some legal ballots in the state, where an audit process to recount every presidential ballot is underway after the state flipped blue.
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Watch Live
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his Twitter counterpart Jack Dorsey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Today. The hearing will focus on the platforms’ censorship and handling of the election this year.
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DCCA safe
New DACA rules imposed by President Trump’s administration are not valid according to a federal judge. Why? Because Chad Wolf was not legally serving as acting Homeland Security secretary when he signed rules limiting applications and renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and those rules are now invalid.
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It’s All About Space
Last night the recently launched astronauts docked with the International Space Station. This Wednesday, two Russian cosmonauts will go outside the International Space Station to conduct a spacewalk. It’ll include leak inspections to help prepare for the arrival of a new Russian research module. Also the solar system is putting on a show this week with all seven planets visible in the sky — so grab your telescope and marvel at this rare wonder. Last night Jupiter, Saturn and Mars were visible, this morning, Mercury and Venus. Look to the sky for some inspiration. Learn more by becoming a Planetary Society Member.
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