Midday News To Use: 11.5.2020

It’s a Record
The race for the White House is still too close to call in Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia, and many thousands of ballots remain to be counted in some of these areas. But, one thing is clear. Joe Biden has received more votes for President than any other candidate in history. Currently over 71 million. And Democrats have received more votes for President in the last 7 out of 8 presidential elections.
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Then There is This
The US just reported 600,000 coronavirus cases in a week. You read that right: More than half a million. In one. Single. Week. That includes a new record high of 102,000+ cases yesterday alone. at least 33 states have retained some sort of mask mandate, and some state and local leaders are going back to stricter rules like curfews and limits on crowd size.
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Meanwhile
While there are some Congressional races left to call, it’s looking as if Republicans will retain their Senate majority. Looks like Democrats will maintain their House majority. Meanwhile, some down-ballot victors have interesting, An inspiring story from Florida. Debra Hixon won a school board seat in Broward County, Florida, three years after her husband was killed in the Parkland school shooting.
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Stressing Out
Americans sought out junk food and booze as election results trickled in. With that in mind, here are some expert tips on coping with election uncertainty, Other than stuffing your face, of course. One, take a break from social media and take care of yourself. Constantly waiting for results puts undue stress on the system. Try to zen out. Second, get physical…get some exercise. For details on these and other ways to de stress click for more.

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Are They Out There?
A ‘fast radio burst,’ complete with X-ray emissions, may have been detected from inside our own Milky Way for the first time. We may have some neighbors we haven’t met yet? This might be a good time to concider becoming a member of the Planetary Society.

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