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Wednesday News: Failing upward


AFTER TRUMP FIRES ESPER, TONY TATA GETS PENTAGON PROMOTION: In a memo obtained Tuesday by Defense One, acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller — who was put in that job on Monday after Trump fired former Defense Secretary Mark Esper by tweet — announced that Tata would take the policy role. Tata could not get the Senate to confirm him for the position earlier this summer in part due to a string of false statements he has made in the past, including calling former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader,” a comment for which he ended up penning a letter of apology to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla, who was helping oversee his Senate confirmation. Tata is replacing Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James Anderson who resigned early Tuesday following the firing of Esper.

Tuesday News: Blue behavior matters


RALEIGH POLICE'S HANDLING OF PROTESTS BEING EVALUATED: An external review team hired by the City of Raleigh will present findings to Raleigh City Council members Tuesday afternoon. The review comes months after the protests, which peaked in late May and early June. Beginning the last weekend in May, some peaceful protests turned to riots in downtown Raleigh. Buildings were set on fire, the windows of businesses were shattered, and damages were even reported at North Hills and Triangle Town Center. Months later, some downtown businesses are still boarded up. In September, Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown presented after-action report to city leaders, acknowledging miscommunication between protesters and police led to the use of tear gas. Raleigh police also released around 500 videos of the protests that occurred between May 30 and June 1.

Monday News: Four thousand, six hundred seven


CORONAVIRUS CASES IN NORTH CAROLINA APPROACH 300,000: At least 293,339 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 4,607 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 2,094 new COVID-19 cases, down from 2,676 reported the day before. The state’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases has remained above 2,000 cases for the past 22 days. About 6.9% of tests were reported positive as of Wednesday, the latest day for which data are available. At least 1,147 people in North Carolina were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, down from 1,196 reported the day before.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN: LEAD NOT BY EXAMPLE OF POWER, BUT POWER OF OUR EXAMPLE: I sought this office to restore the soul of America. To rebuild the backbone of the nation — the middle class. To make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home. It is the honor of my lifetime that so many millions of Americans have voted for this vision. And now the work of making this vision real is the task of our time. And I will be honored to be serving with a fantastic vice president — Kamala Harris — who will make history as the first woman, first Black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country. We stand again at an inflection point. We have the opportunity to defeat despair and to build a nation of prosperity and purpose. We can do it. I know we can. I’ve long talked about the battle for the soul of America. We must restore the soul of America. Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our better angels to prevail.

Saturday News: Better cancel that Tea Party


TRUMP ACOLYTE MARK MEADOWS DIAGNOSED WITH COVID 19: President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows has been diagnosed with the coronavirus as the nation sets daily records for confirmed cases for the pandemic. Two senior administration officials confirmed Friday that Meadows had tested positive for the virus, which has killed more than 236,000 Americans so far this year. They offered no details on when the chief of staff came down with the virus or his current condition. His diagnosis was first reported by Bloomberg News. One administration official said several other staffers had tested positive as well. Meadows traveled with Trump in the run-up to Election Day and last appeared in public early Wednesday morning without a mask as Trump falsely declared victory in the vote count.

Friday News: Peaches > Oranges

BIDEN PULLS AHEAD OF TRUMP IN GEORGIA COUNT: Democratic candidate Joe Biden overtook Donald Trump in the state of Georgia early Friday as absentee and mail-in ballots continued to be counted. The race has not been called yet, and Georgia’s 16 electoral college votes remain to be determined. In a tweet Thursday night, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger said there were at least 14,097 outstanding ballots to be counted as of 10:35 p.m. “Thousands of requested overseas and military ballots may arrive by the deadline Friday, and there are provisional ballots left to count,” The Washington Post reported.

Thursday News: Kicking and screaming


AS BIDEN INCHES CLOSER TO VICTORY, TRUMP FILES LAWSUITS: As Democrat Joe Biden inched closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, President Donald Trump's campaign put into action the legal strategy the president had signaled for weeks: attacking the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean his defeat. Democrats scoffed at the legal challenges the president's campaign filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. In spite of the aggressive move, the flurry of court action did not seem obviously destined to impact the election's outcome. The new filings, joining existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada, demand better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, and raised absentee ballot concerns, the campaign said. The Trump campaign also is seeking to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted, deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said.

Wednesday News: Congrats, Roy

COOPER WILL CONTINUE AS GOVERNOR AFTER THRASHING DAN FOREST: Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has been reelected to a second term, the Associated Press reports, defeating Republican challenger Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. With more than 99% of precincts reporting, Cooper led with 51% of the vote compared to Forest’s 47% of the vote. Cooper had 2.8 million votes to Forest’s 2.5 million votes, according to unofficial results from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. In his acceptance speech Tuesday night, Cooper talked about how North Carolinians are resilient, inclusive, creative and “do not give up easily.” Cooper took the stage shortly before 11 p.m. at the Democratic Party headquarters, appearing with his wife and three daughters. “North Carolinians made their voices heard tonight,” Cooper said. He said it was important for all the votes to be counted. “I know there are a lot of important races that are still too close to call. We must let the process work, to be sure that all the legal votes are counted,” he said.

Tuesday News: Judgment Day


US DOJ WILL MONITOR WAKE AND MECKLENBURG VOTING SITES FOR HARASSMENT: The U.S. Department of Justice plans to send staffers to Mecklenburg and Wake counties on Election Day to monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws, including those that prohibit voter intimidation and voter suppression based on race, color, national origin or religion. The two N.C. counties are among 44 in 18 states that will be monitored Tuesday, the department announced Monday. “Our federal laws protect the right of all American citizens to vote without suffering discrimination, intimidation, and harassment,” said Eric S. Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, in a statement Monday. “The work of the Civil Rights Division around each federal general election is a continuation of its historical mission to ensure that all of our citizens can freely exercise this most fundamental American right.”

Monday News: Four thousand, three hundred eighty three


CORONAVIRUS HAS INFECTED OVER 276,000 NORTH CAROLINIANS: At least 276,692 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 4,383 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 2,057 new COVID-19 cases, down from 2,805 the day before. About 6% of tests were reported positive as of Friday, the latest day for which data is available. That’s higher than the 5% target set by health officials. At least 1,122 people in North Carolina were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, down from 1,172 the day before. A Durham homeless shelter has reported 18 COVID-19 cases among residents and staff. Staff at the Urban Ministries of Durham learned Monday that a resident had tested positive for the virus. An additional 16 residents — who will also be moved to an isolated location — and one staff member subsequently tested positive.


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