Midday News To Use: 11.18.2020

Light at the end of the Tunnel
Nearly 1 in 10 Americans tested for the coronavirus, has it. And the US continues to set grim records, with about 76,830 people hospitalized nationwide, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. This is likely the “last big surge” before a vaccine offers help, said Dr. Mark McClellan, a former FDA commissioner. “The months ahead are going to look better than the weeks ahead,” he added.
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Testing at Home
The FDA has issued an emergency authorization for the first rapid coronavirus test that can be used at home and deliver results within minutes. The new test uses nasal swab samples and is authorized for ages 14 and older. It’ll help people skip long lines as coronavirus cases skyrocket nationwide.
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Fired in a Tweet
President Trump has fired the head of a federal cybersecurity agency who debunked his election conspiracy theories. Christopher Krebs was director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the Homeland Security Department. His agency recently launched an online rumor control blog rebutting claims of election fraud spread by Trump and his supporters. In a Tweet Christopher Krebs said: Honored to serve, we did it right, defend today, secure tomorrow.
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He said He would Never Do
With two months left in office, President Trump is rushing to bring more US troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. The withdrawal of thousands of troops would be completed by January 15 (just ahead of Biden’s inauguration), leaving Afghanistan and Iraq with 2,500 troops each — down from about 4,500 and 3,000. This is exactly the type of thing President Trump said he would never do, announce his actions militarily.
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Thanksgiving Day
Zoom is lifting the time limit for free meetings — so your virtual family get-togethers won’t be cut short. The tech giant has done extremely well since the start of the pandemic when schools and offices around the world were forced to move operations entirely online. Normally, the platform offers free meetings for a maximum of 40 minutes, now for Thanksgiving day only, no limit.
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