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^Moderna vaccine found highly effective at preventing COVID<

CORONAVIRUS-VACCINE-MODERNA:BLO _ Moderna Inc. said its COVID-19 vaccine was 94.5% effective in a preliminary analysis of a large late-stage clinical trial, another sign that a fast-paced hunt by scientists and pharmaceutical companies is paying off with potent new tools that could help control a worsening pandemic.

The highly positive readout comes just a week after a similar shot developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE was found to be more than 90% effective in an interim analysis. Both shots rely on a technology called messenger RNA that has never been used to build an approved vaccine. Soon, millions of people around the world could be spared from illness by the breakthroughs.

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^Biden demands Trump and Congress address health and economic crises<

BIDEN:LA _ President-elect Joe Biden, faced with worsening economic and health crises, on Monday called for action from two political forces beyond his control: Congress, which is deadlocked over economic relief, and President Donald Trump, who refuses to concede the election and share information about the pandemic and national security.

“More people may die if we don’t coordinate,” Biden bluntly warned.

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^Analysis: It’s not just Trump. This whole century has been politically stormy<

ELN-POLITICS-ANALYSIS:LA _ Joe Biden may have ended the hurricane-force presidency of Donald J. Trump, but his victory extends a broader trend away from relative stability to a time of remarkable political upheaval.

From 1960 to 1978, there were three elections in which control of the White House, the Senate or the House of Representatives switched parties. From 1980 to 1998, there were four.

Since 2000, there have been nine elections in which power shifted, with Biden’s election being the latest.

The last 20 years have seen two of the most consequential events in modern history: the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the COVID-19 pandemic. Both changed our lives.

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^Boy Scouts deluged with 92,700 sexual abuse claims, dwarfing US Catholic Church’s numbers<

BOYSCOUTS-1ST-LEDE:LA _ The Boy Scouts of America will face more than 92,700 claims of sexual abuse in a landmark bankruptcy that could reshape the future of one of the nation’s oldest and largest youth organizations, lawyers in the case said Monday as the filing deadline passed.

The number of claims and the total payouts to settle them will easily eclipse those in the sex abuse scandal that engulfed the U.S. Catholic Church more than a decade ago, plaintiffs’ lawyers say.

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^Moderna, Pfizer vaccines look strong. Here’s how they stack up<

CORONAVIRUS-VACCINE-COMPARISON:BLO _ The first two COVID-19 vaccines out of the gate have now delivered positive news in the quest to end the pandemic. The encouraging late-stage trial results from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. set a high bar for rivals such as AstraZeneca Plc that are expected to follow soon with their own pivotal reports.

The data will likely increase confidence that more vaccines will work and that the world may soon find a way to get the coronavirus under control. Here’s what we know about the two shots.

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^COVID-19 surge quickens across entire US, leaving no state safe<

CORONAVIRUS-US-SURGE:BLO _ Eight months into the pandemic, the coronavirus is infecting Americans at an increasing pace no matter where they live.

The seven-day average of new cases was climbing in every state in the U.S. on Sunday, a shift from earlier waves of the pandemic when rates ebbed in some regions and leaped in others.

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^Some in LA are getting COVID-19 tests so they can party, socialize. Officials call this a disaster<

CORONAVIRUS-LA-SOCIALIZING:LA _ Desperately seeking to find a seemingly responsible way to hold dinner parties, some people have started to get tests for the coronavirus as a way to clear themselves to attend dinner parties without needing to wear masks or keep their distance.

That’s absolutely the wrong thing to do, according to Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s director of public health.

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^Why a coronavirus vaccine might not get things back to normal<

CORONAVIRUS-VACCINE-NORMALCY:SE _ Coronavirus infections are climbing to record highs nationwide. Patients are filling hospitals in some states. Experts fear we’re in for a dark winter.

A shot of hope could be coming, as vaccine makers are deep in clinical trials. Governments are stockpiling doses and preparing for efficient delivery of a vaccine, should one be proven safe and effective.

But over time, the stiffest challenge when it comes to vaccines may not be creating, approving or distributing them. It might be getting people to take them.

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^National fund started for families of health care workers who died of COVID<

CORONAVIRUS-HEALTHWORKERS-FUND:MS _ A new national fund announced Monday aims to raise millions of dollars for families of the nearly 1,400 U.S. health care workers who have died from COVID-19.

The St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation and Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, teamed up to create the Frontline Families Fund to help pay funeral costs and other expenses or college scholarships for children of the health care workers.

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^California dramatically rolls back reopenings amid unprecedented COVID-19 surge<

CORONAVIRUS-CALIF:LA _ Faced with a skyrocketing number of new coronavirus cases, California officials pulled what they characterized as an emergency brake, announcing that much of the state will move back into more restrictive reopening tiers.

Once the changes go into effect Tuesday, roughly 94% of Californians will live in counties placed in the strictest purple category of the state’s reopening roadmap. Many businesses in those counties will have to suspend or severely limit their indoor operations.

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^Gov. Whitmer: GOP’s criticism of COVID-19 response ‘hard to take seriously’<

CORONAVIRUS-MICH-WHITMER:DTN _ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the Republican leaders of the Michigan Legislature have offered no answers for how to combat the new surge in COVID-19 and their criticism “doesn’t seem particularly serious.”

Whitmer, a Democrat, made the comments during a news briefing Monday morning after she announced new restrictions aimed at stemming the spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. The unilateral moves drew opposition from GOP lawmakers who control the Legislature and said they weren’t consulted.

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^Florida reports more than 4,600 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total close to 890,000<

CORONAVIRUS-FLA:MI _ Florida’s Department of Health on Monday confirmed 4,663 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 889,864. Also, 41 resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident death toll to 17,559.

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^New COVID-19 restrictions in Philly and NJ as city officials warn of potential for more deaths<

CORONAVIRUS-PHILLY:PH _ Warning of a predicted increase in hospitalizations and deaths, Philadelphia officials on Monday imposed new rules that ban indoor gatherings, close gyms, museums and other venues, and shut down indoor dining in the city’s first coronavirus clampdown since June.

Without changes, the fall-winter surge could be on track to cause about 1,700 deaths in the city before it ends, as many as occurred in the spring, said Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, citing statistical modeling as he announced the restrictions.

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^’It’s skyrocketing.’ Lexington reports 460 new COVID-19 cases, breaks city records<

CORONAVIRUS-KY-LEXINGTON:LX _ Lexington set one-week records for new cases and hospitalizations over the past seven days, according to data from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

The city reported 460 new cases over the weekend, pushing the one-week total to 1,458. There were also nine new hospitalizations reported, which brought the one-week total to 55. It’s the first time Lexington has reported 50 or more hospitalizations in one week.

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^12 COVID-19 deaths, 7,444 new infections reported in Minnesota<

CORONAVIRUS-MINN:MS _ Twelve more COVID-19 deaths were reported by Minnesota health authorities on Monday along with 7,444 newly lab-confirmed infections with the novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease.

A record 1,500-plus patients with COVID-19 from any state are now occupying inpatient hospital beds in Minnesota, according to an update Monday on the state’s pandemic response dashboard. That compares to a total of 778 COVID-19 admissions on Nov. 1.

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^New restrictions in San Francisco Bay Area after ‘explosion’ of new coronavirus cases<

^CORONAVIRUS-SANFRANCISCO:LA_

The deteriorating picture in San Francisco reflected worsening health conditions throughout the Bay Area, where rising infections have forced every county into a more restrictive tier.

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^NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo urges caution, says coronavirus not ‘upstate or downstate’ issue<

CORONAVIRUS-NY:NY _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on New Yorkers to remain vigilant as coronavirus infections increase across the state, saying the deadly respiratory disease is not an “upstate or downstate issue.”

New York’s growing number of microclusters are currently seeing 4.9% of COVID-19 tests come back positive while the overall state number hovered around 2.8% on Monday as cases continue to rise across the country.

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^Kentucky sees 1,514 new COVID-19 cases Gov. Beshear says new restrictions possible<

CORONAVIRUS-KY:LX _ Gov. Andy Beshear said further restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 might be needed in Kentucky as soon as Wednesday as he announced 1,514 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the second highest Monday on record.

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^Pandemic has led to steep decline in international student enrollment, report says<

^CMP-CORONAVIRUS-INTERNATIONAL-STUDENTS:LA_< California remains a popular destination for foreign students, but international student enrollment at colleges and universities nationwide declined sharply this fall amid the pandemic, according to data released Monday.

The enrollment of new international students at U.S. higher education institutions was down by 43% this fall, and 90% of campuses reported that foreign students deferred attendance to a future term, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education.

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^Michigan Rep. Walberg reports that he’s tested positive for coronavirus<

CORONAVIRUS-MICH-CONGRESSMAN:DTN _ Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg revealed Monday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Walberg is the second member of Michigan’s delegation to publicly disclose his diagnosis with the virus. Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga tested positive in October.

“I received news yesterday that I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild, and I remain in good spirits,” Walberg said in a statement.

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^US Rep. Cheri Bustos says she’s tested positive for coronavirus<

CORONAVIRUS-ILL-CONGRESSWOMAN:TB _ Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois said Monday she had tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home with mild symptoms.

Bustos, 59, who survived a closer-than-expected bid for reelection to a fifth term earlier this month, announced her diagnosis on Twitter, saying she has been in contact with her medical provider and is self-isolating based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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^Newsom apologizes for attending restaurant dinner party, says he will practice what he preaches on COVID-19<

CORONAVIRUS-NEWSOM-PARTY:LA _ Gov. Gavin Newsom apologized Monday for visiting a Napa Valley restaurant with people from other households, saying his behavior contradicted the spirit of the safety guidelines and precautions he has asked Californians to adhere to during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want to apologize to you because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice, and I’ve done my best to do that,” Newsom said. “We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes.”

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^Toilet paper shelves again left bare, as grocery store shoppers worry about Washington restrictions<

CORONAVIRUS-WASHSTATE-TOILETPAPER:SE _ In announcing new statewide restrictions aimed at reducing the spike in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday urged people not to hoard “supplies.”

“Buying up everything really hurts everybody,” Inslee said, “and there’s no necessity of it right now.”

But while the man didn’t specifically call out toilet paper, the toilet paper sure did call to shoppers.

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^Merkel limits house guests to stem Germany’s stubborn outbreak<

CORONAVIRUS-GERMANY:BLO _ Chancellor Angela Merkel imposed tougher limits on public and private gatherings Monday as Germany struggles to stem the coronavirus spread.

Merkel and the premiers of Germany’s 16 states agreed that people should refrain from all unnecessary social contact, including get-togethers at home and in public spaces.

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^Trump rushes action on environmental issues such as Alaskan drilling that could handcuff Biden<

TRUMP-ENVIRONMENT-1ST-LEDE:BLO _ The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalize major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill for oil in Alaskan wilderness before Inauguration Day in a push that could complicate Joe Biden’s climate and conservation agenda.

The eleventh-hour regulatory race underscores the extent to which federal agencies are anticipating Biden’s swearing-in as U.S. president on Jan. 20 even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election. It also reveals a widespread effort by Trump officials to leave their imprint on federal policy and _ at least temporarily _ tie the hands of their successors.

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^Report: Trump asked advisers for options on striking Iran<

USIRAN-TRUMP:DPA _ U.S. President Donald Trump asked his advisers last week about the option of striking Iran over its growing nuclear presence, The New York Times newspaper reported Monday, citing four current and former U.S. officials.

Senior advisers to the president dissuaded Trump from launching an attack, telling him a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities could escalate into a broader conflict in the last weeks of his presidency, according to the report.

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^McConnell blasts Trump on troop withdrawals<

TROOP-WITHDRAWALS-MCCONNELL:CON _ Amid indications President Donald Trump will move to slash the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq before he leaves office, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attacked the idea in a blistering Senate floor speech Monday.

McConnell has been almost unfailingly loyal to Trump, but the Kentucky Republican has openly pushed back when he has seen Trump’s actions as possibly threatening U.S. security.

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^Biden says administration will ‘look like America.’ What about his transition team?<

BIDEN-TRANSITION:WA _ More than half the members of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team are women and nearly half are people of color, according to data from the team.

It’s another sign of the commitment to racial and gender diversity among the incoming administration after Vice President-elect Kamala Harris became the first woman, first Black person and first Asian-American person to be elected to the office.

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^Biden says it’s a good thing his ‘colleague’ Kamala Harris is still on the Senate Intelligence Committee<

BIDEN-TRANSITION-INTELLIGENCE-1ST-LEDE:CON _ President-elect Joe Biden said Monday that perhaps it was less of a concern that he was not getting top secret intelligence as part of the stalled presidential transition because his vice president-elect is still on the Intelligence Committee.

“The good news here is my colleague is still on the Intelligence Committee, so she gets the intelligence briefings I don’t any more,” Biden said in Wilmington, Delaware, after a meeting with business executives and labor leaders focused on the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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^Pelosi, Democrats renew push to overhaul election, campaign finance laws<

CONGRESS-ELECTIONS-OVERHAUL:CON _ Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she would press ahead early next year with a campaign finance and elections overhaul, even as the measure may face the same Senate fate it did this Congress: doom.

House Democrats passed their signature overhaul measure in March 2019 and dubbed it HR 1, indicating its priority. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked it in his chamber, however.

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^Short-term punt seen likely for spending bills, coronavirus aid<

CONGRESS-SPENDING:CON _ Despite hopeful talk on both sides of the aisle, the odds are against congressional leaders reaching agreement on a COVID-19 relief package and omnibus appropriations bill to wrap up this year’s unfinished business in the lame-duck session.

The mostly likely outcome is another stopgap spending bill, perhaps into late February or early March, with some limited bipartisan COVID-19 aid attached. That’s the view of Capitol Hill officials in both parties and other legislative experts.

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^Ethics Committee continues its deferral of probe into Rep. Ross Spano<

CONGRESS-ETHICS-SPANO:CON _ The House Ethics Committee will continue to defer an inquiry into Rep. Ross Spano, a sign that the Justice Department is likely still investigating the Florida Republican’s alleged acceptance of improper loans to support his 2018 congressional campaign.

In August 2019, the Office of Congressional Ethics transferred a report to the House Ethics Committee saying there was a substantial reason to believe Spano received loans that exceeded federal campaign contribution limits.

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^Trump bureaucrat blocking Biden transition team is job hunting<

WHITEHOUSE-TRANSITION-GSA-OFFICIAL:NY _ The obscure political appointee of President Donald Trump who is blocking President-elect Joe Biden from launching his transition is reportedly looking for a new job once the new president takes office.

Emily Murphy, administrator for the General Services Administration, apparently sees the writing on the wall, despite her effort to curry favor with Trump by denying the reality of Biden’s win.

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^Analysis: For progressives, the House is as big a problem as the Senate<

CONGRESS-PROGRESSIVES-ANALYSIS:CON _ An epic race for Senate control is now underway, with two pivotal runoffs on Jan. 5 in Georgia to determine whether President Joe Biden has a Democratic Congress to work with or a giant obstacle in a GOP Senate.

But even if Democrats go 2 for 2 in Georgia, Biden’s progressive platform, widely considered the most liberal ever put forth by his party, may never get through the Democratic House.

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^Run-it-hot wins argument over how to get Americans back to work<

BIDEN-JOBS:BLO _ Behind President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to drive the U.S. back to full employment after the coronavirus slump lies a long-lost idea: The unemployed need jobs, not skills. That “run it hot” recipe for recovery is back in favor among policymakers _ including, crucially, at the Federal Reserve. The argument is that the government should juice the economy by any means necessary so demand is strong enough to pull people into work.

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^Georgia elections chief says Sen. Lindsey Graham asked about rejecting more absentee ballots<

ELN-GA-GRAHAM:AT _ Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him if he had the power to reject more absentee ballots as election officials are conducting a recount and audit of the presidential race.

Raffensperger, in an interview with The Washington Post on Monday, said the South Carolina senator was the latest Republican to question whether he could disqualify more absentee ballots based on mismatched signatures. Raffensperger, also a Republican, said Graham appeared to be suggesting that he find a way to reject legally cast ballots to help President Donald Trump’s reelection chances.

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^Georgia recount uncovers 2,600 new votes in presidential race<

ELN-GA-RECOUNT:AT _ A recount in Georgia’s presidential race found more than 2,600 ballots in Floyd County that hadn’t originally been tallied, likely helping President Donald Trump reduce his 14,000-vote deficit to Joe Biden.

Trump could gain about 800 net votes from the newly discovered ballots, said Luke Martin, chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party

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^A Georgia GOP clash over Trump’s defeat deepens with attacks on the vote<

ELN-GA:AT _ Georgia’s top elections official forcefully debunked conspiracy theories furthered by President Donald Trump, delivering his sharpest rebuke yet to fellow Republicans leveling unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger issued a string of Facebook posts over the weekend that picked apart the narrative of systemic irregularities with the November ballot, and followed up Monday in an interview urging Georgians to trust the integrity of the state’s manual recount even if they don’t like the outcome.

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^Making history: 3 Korean American women, 2 representing California, win seats in Congress<

ELN-CONGRESS-KOREAN-AMERICAN-WOMEN:LA _ By text, by phone and by social media, they trumpeted the news from California to Asia: Late Friday, Young Kim had joined her “sister” Michelle Steel in making history as two of the first three Korean American women ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In winning two hotly contested Southern California districts, Kim and Steel helped Republicans push back against the blue wave that resulted in Democrats gaining all seven Orange County congressional seats in the 2018 midterms.

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^Obama to Trump on ’60 Minutes’: Put the country first and accept defeat<

TV-60MINUTES-OBAMA:LA _ Former President Barack Obama, who in traditional postpresidential fashion has mostly kept his mouth shut for the past four years, opened up in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

In the wide-ranging interview, pegged to the release of his new book, “A Promised Land,” No. 44 talked about the impact of George Floyd’s death on the American conversation, put a shine on his own time in office and spoke plainly about the divisions he sees in the electorate and the challenges facing President-elect Joe Biden.

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^Pennsylvania is here to stay as a swing state<

PA-SWINGSTATE:PH _ In 2012, President Barack Obama won Pennsylvania by more than 300,000 votes, a 5 percentage point edge over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. It was the sixth consecutive presidential election in which the Democratic nominee won the Keystone State, dating to 1992.

To some political observers, Pennsylvania could no longer be considered a political battleground like Florida and Ohio. “Pennsylvania is not a swing state,” Jim Burn, the state Democratic Party chairman, said at the time. “It hasn’t been for some time.”

Eight years later, there’s no disputing Pennsylvania’s status as one of a half-dozen or so pivotal battleground states in presidential elections.

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^Trump’s legal push to disrupt Pa.’s election results is on its last legs. What’s still in court?<

ELN-PA-TRUMP-LAWSUITS-1ST-LEDE:PH _ The legal push by President Donald Trump to contest the results of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 3 election is on its last legs after a devastating week that delivered a string of courtroom losses and saw the sudden departure of the law firm leading up the fight.

While Trump’s campaign continues to pursue legal challenges, there was no active case left with enough ballots in question to reverse Joe Biden’s 69,000-vote advantage in the state as of Monday afternoon.

Here’s an overview of which cases the campaign is still fighting and whether any of them stand a chance of making headway.

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^Texas congressman sees ‘revolution’ as option in face of ‘cheated election’<

TEXAS-CONGRESSMAN-REVOLUTION:DA _ East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert, insisting the election has been stolen from President Donald Trump, has urged like-minded supporters to consider “revolution” like the Egyptian uprising seven years ago and colonial America’s revolt against England.

“They rose up though all over Egypt, and as a result of the people rising up in the greatest numbers in history, ever anywhere, they turned the country around . If they can do that there, think of what we can do here,” he told thousands of cheering Trump supporters in downtown Washington at Saturday’s “Million MAGA March.”

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^Miami-Dade’s ‘Republican Cuban establishment’ regains power in Florida, Washington<

ELECTION-CUBANAMERICANS:MI _ About three months before Election Day, Miami Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell _ an Ecuadorian immigrant who in 2018 defeated a Cuban American Republican in one of the nation’s most competitive swing districts _ was caught on video marveling at her breakthrough.

“No one thought we’d be able to take the Republican Cuban establishment that has taken ahold of Florida politics for more than 20 years,” Mucarsel-Powell told a group of supporters.

It didn’t last long.

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^Rubio refers to Biden as ‘president-elect’ as Trump refuses to concede<

BIDEN-RUBIO:MI _ Sen. Marco Rubio referred to Joe Biden as “president-elect” on Monday evening, making him the first prominent Florida Republican _ who isn’t retiring _ to directly acknowledge Biden’s victory even as President Donald Trump continues to falsely claim he won the election.

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^On loss to Biden, Michigan GOP congressman urges Trump to ‘deal with it’<

ELN-MICH-GOP-TRUMP:DTN _ A top Michigan Republican is urging President Donald Trump to acknowledge his electoral loss and move on with the transition of administrations for the “good of the nation.”

In a tweet directed at Trump, retiring U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell of Dryden said he’d “keep trying this” _ a reference to previous remarks he’s made about Trump needing to accept election results.

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^University of California to pay $73 million to victims of alleged sex abuse by UCLA gynecologist<

CMP-UCLA-GYNECOLOGIST:LA _ The University of California system would pay $73 million under a proposed settlement reached Monday in a class-action lawsuit filed by seven women who accused a former UCLA gynecologist of sexual abuse.

James Heaps, 67, who is currently criminally charged with sexually abusing five patients, is accused in the civil litigation of sexual assault and sexual misconduct from 1983 to 2019, during his tenure at the UCLA student health center and UCLA Medical Center.

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^Maryland executive charged with bribing Harvard fencing coach to guarantee sons’ admission<

CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD:LA _ A Maryland telecommunications executive ensured his two sons were admitted to Harvard University by plying the school’s fencing coach with inducements totaling $1.5 million, including buying the coach’s house at an inflated price, paying his car loan and utility bills, and funneling payoffs through charitable foundations, according to court papers charging the pair in a bribery conspiracy.

The executive, Jie “Jack” Zhao, and the coach, Peter Brand, were arrested Monday morning, federal authorities said. Harvard fired the coach, saying he had violated the school’s policies on managing conflicts of interest, after the Boston Globe detailed a series of transactions linking Zhao to Brand in 2019.

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^’Horrific and tragic state’: Dallas police chief putting more officers on street after 7 murders in 24 hours<

DALLAS-VIOLENCE:DA _ Dallas saw its deadliest weekend of 2020 with seven gun deaths in 24 hours _ an alarming trend police said also seemed to mark a shift in what they had been seeing earlier in the coronavirus pandemic.

Police officials in a virtual news conference on Monday said the surging violence demanded an “all-hands-on-deck approach.”

Dallas Police Chief U. Rene Hall said she has requested and has received help from the FBI.

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^Woman threatened to shoot DeSantis, Rubio, Scott for ‘looting’ Florida, deputies say<

FLA-OFFICIALS-THREAT:MI _ Palm Beach County deputies have arrested a 55-year-old woman who they say made an online threat to shoot Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott for “looting” Florida.

Karen Jones was arrested at her home in Lantana on Saturday over a Twitter post a few days earlier stating “DeSantis, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are looting my state. Imma shoot them,” according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. After having her rights read, Jones admitted to a detective that the post was a “joke.”

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^US Rep. Ilhan Omar severs financial ties with husband’s political firm<

CONGRESS-OMAR:MS _ U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has told supporters that her campaign is no longer doing business with her husband’s political consulting firm, a connection that had previously sparked scrutiny and complaints to campaign finance watchdogs.

In an email late Sunday, Omar said her campaign was terminating its contract with the firm to “make sure that anybody who is supporting our campaign with their time or financial support feels there is no perceived issue with that support.”

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^No bail relief for Virginia QAnon follower who came to Philly to ‘straighten out the vote’<

PHILLY-ARMEDMEN:PH _ The case of Joshua Macias and Antonio LaMotta, two armed Virginia men who drove to Philadelphia on Nov. 5 to “straighten out the vote,” should be treated as a “mass shooting that was narrowly averted,” District Attorney Larry Krasner wrote to the court in a letter filed Monday.

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^Virginia Wesleyan dean resigns after uproar over Facebook post on Biden<

CMP-VA-DEAN-FACEBOOK:VP _ A Virginia Wesleyan University dean whose recent Facebook post called people who voted for Joe Biden “ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian” has resigned, according to a statement posted Monday by the university on its website.

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^Supreme Court declines to order virus safety steps for vulnerable Texas inmates<

SCOTUS-TEXAS-INMATES:AU _ The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to order Texas officials to beef up safety measures at a Southeast Texas prison where 20 inmates have died from COVID-19.

Two at-risk inmates at the Wallace Pack Unit, which houses geriatric and medically vulnerable prisoners, asked the high court to reinstate a trial judge’s September order requiring safety steps that included disinfecting common areas, providing inmates with cleaning supplies, conducting weekly testing and enforcing social distancing and a face mask mandate.

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^State asks judge to reconsider allowing audio and video coverage of officers’ trial in George Floyd killing<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH:MS _ Prosecutors in the case against the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd have asked the presiding judge to reconsider his order allowing their upcoming trial to be recorded and livestreamed.

In a two page motion filed Monday, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank asked Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill to revisit his Nov. 4 order allowing audio and video coverage of trial scheduled for March.

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^Baltimore mayor vetoes bill to rename Columbus obelisk in honor of victims of police violence<

BALTIMORE-COLUMBUS-MONUMENT:BZ _ Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young has vetoed a bill that would rename a city monument dedicated to explorer Christopher Columbus to instead honor victims of police violence.

In a letter to City Council President Brandon Scott dated Monday, Young said he shared a concern expressed by Police Commissioner Michael Harrison ahead of the bill’s passage that the monument to be renamed was close to another memorial honoring officers who died in the line of duty.

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^Panel will weigh how to ‘bring Stone Mountain Park into 21st century’<

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And while there are many unanswered questions and details to be worked out, officials announced Monday that a soon-to-be-formed committee will evaluate those proposals _ and, in the coming months, make recommendations about how to “bring Stone Mountain Park into the 21st century.”

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^Members of Atatiana Jefferson’s family file suit against Fort Worth, ex-police officer<

FORTWORTH-POLICE-SHOOTING:FT _ Two members of Atatiana Jefferson’s family on Monday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Fort Worth and the former officer who shot her in October 2019.

The federal suit, filed by relatives Arita Eschor and Venitta Body in the Northern District of Texas, names Fort Worth and former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean as defendants.

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^Michigan man who fought deportation to Iraq sworn in as US citizen<

IRAQ-IMMIGRANT-CITIZENSHIP:DTN _ The lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit that sought the release of 1,400 Iraqi Americans was sworn in as a United States citizen on Friday after winning his immigration case.

Usama “Sam” Hamama of West Bloomfield Township said he finally feels liberated.

“I honestly told my wife ‘something’s gone.’ I just feel like my mind, back, shoulders, you feel free,” Hamama told The Detroit News. “Where I came from, I didn’t have rights, and when I came here, I didn’t respect the rights, and now I finally feel like I have a responsibility for my own. I thank God, I really do.”

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^Bill Clinton says China’s direction under Xi upended US ties<

USCHINA-BILLCLINTON:BLO _ Former President Bill Clinton said Xi Jinping’s long-term reign has upended U.S.-China relations, and will require Joe Biden’s incoming administration and its allies to take a more coordinated approach to dealing with Beijing.

Speaking in conversation with former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, Clinton said the U.S. could strengthen its negotiating position with China by enlisting partners, from Europe to Asian nations that were part of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact abandoned by President Donald Trump.

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^Federal appeals judges hear arguments in government bid to block Philly supervised injection site<

PHILLY-INJECTIONSITE:PH _ A panel of federal appellate judges on Monday grilled representatives from Safehouse _ the nonprofit formed to establish a supervised injection site in Philadelphia _ and the U.S. Attorney’s office that’s attempting to block the site from opening.

The hearing was the next step in a lengthy court battle to open the first supervised injection site in the country _ a place where people in addiction can use drugs under medical supervision, be revived if they overdose and access treatment.

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^Jetliner hits bear on runway in Southeast Alaska<

ALASKA-JET-BEAR:AC _ An Alaska Airlines jetliner struck a brown bear while landing Saturday evening in Yakutat, killing the animal and causing some damage to the plane. No one in the plane was hurt.

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^Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as a record-breaking Category 5 storm<

WEA-IOTA:MI _ Central America braced for its second major hurricane in as many weeks as Hurricane Iota, now a record-setting Category 5 storm, roared ashore in Nicaragua Monday night.

The storm made landfall in nearly exactly the same place as Eta, a Category 4 hurricane that battered the area two weeks ago. Iota is forecast to bring catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge as high as 20 feet, and nearly two feet of rain to Central America.

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^Besieged Peruvian congress picks former World Bank strategist as president<

PERU:BLO _ Faced with violent protests and political chaos, Peru’s besieged congress chose a U.S.-trained engineer and systems analyst to be the nation’s president _ the third in less than a week _ in a bid to restore some measure of calm.

Lawmakers on Monday voted in Francisco Sagasti, an elder-statesman legislator with extensive consulting experience at home and abroad to lead a new government by electing him head of congress.

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^Haiti fires its top cop, taps ex-OAS diplomat and police chief to head national police<

HAITI-POLICECHIEF:MI _ A Haitian diplomat who last headed his country’s beleaguered national police force 15 years ago, has been given back his old job as the country’s top cop.

L on Charles, Haiti’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States who also served as charg d’affaires in its Washington Embassy, was installed Monday after being named interim director general of the Haiti National Police in a presidential decree.

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^Ohio State ice core collection at risk of being damaged or lost<

SCI-ICECORE-COLLECTION:OH _ The history of the world is carefully documented and kept in a freezer at Ohio State University.

The university has a rare collection of ice cores from remote tropical glaciers that were painstakingly drilled, extracted and returned to a frozen storage facility in Columbus from 16 different countries. If the cores _ each a few inches in diameter and a few feet long _ were lined up they would stretch about 4.5 miles long.

But the samples are in danger of being lost. The university’s freezers are past their life span and researchers are out of room.

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^Stanford vs. Harvard: Two famous biz schools’ opposing tactics on COVID-19<

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Across the country in Boston, students at the Harvard Business School gathered for the new semester after being gently advised by the school’s top administrators, via email, that they were part of “a delicate experiment.” The students were given the ground rules for the term, then received updates every few days about how things were going. And that, basically, was that.

In the time of COVID-19, it’s fair to say that no two institutions have come to quite the same conclusions about how to proceed safely. But as Harvard’s and Stanford’s elite MBA-granting programs have proved, those paths can diverge radically, even as they may eventually lead toward the same place.

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