THE FEED

A big subtweet of the president here

Georgia Secretary of State: “There are those who are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims, half truths and misinformation, and frankly they are misleading the president as well. “
@bradheath
covid vaccines
covid vaccines
Moderna Says First COVID Vaccine Shots Could Be Ready by December 21
The company is seeking emergency authorization for doses it says provide overwhelming protection from the virus.

A brutal year for the media industry

Media industry layoffs are poised to reach an all-time high in 2020 due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.


An estimated 28,637 cuts were reported in the industry by late October, Variety, citing data from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, reported, nearly as many as the record 28,803 reported in the media sector in 2008. By comparison, the sector saw just over 10,000 job losses in 2019 and 15,474 in 2018.


Job losses spiked in May during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. After a June dropoff, layoffs increased again over the summer, dropping to pre-pandemic levels in September and October, Variety noted.

Another sign that the transition is finally moving forward

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to receive their first presidential daily briefing on Monday. 


The briefing is a collection of high-level intelligence information and other materials pertinent to issues of national security prepared for the president by senior officials and advisers. 


A president-elect typically begins receiving the briefings in the weeks before he is inaugurated to ensure a smooth transition process and protect the nation’s interests at home and abroad. The White House reportedly signed off of the briefings for Biden last week. 

Moderna will become the second company, following Pfizer, to ask the FDA for emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine

Pharmaceutical company Moderna intends to apply Monday to the US Food and Drug Administration for authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine.


The company will ask the FDA to review an expanded data set showing the vaccine is 94.1% effective at preventing Covid-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe cases of the disease.


“This is striking,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee. “These are amazing data.”


Moderna’s chief medical officer said he became emotional when he saw the data Saturday night.


“It was the first time I allowed myself to cry,” Dr. Tal Zaks said. “We have a full expectation to change the course of this pandemic.”

authoritarianism
authoritarianism
Liberal Hyperbole About Trump’s Authoritarianism Was Never the Problem
The stakes of semantic debates over Trump’s alleged “fascism” and “coup” are much lower than liberals or left-contrarians care to admit.
early and often
early and often
Trump Spent His Holiday Weekend Bolstering His Loser Routine
A roundup of Trump’s latest preposterous election claims and flailing attempts to convince America that he’s definitely not a loser.
biden administration
biden administration
Joe Biden’s Cabinet Begins to Take Shape
A running list of Biden’s announcements and reported picks as the incoming administration begins to name its top personnel.
the president-elect
the president-elect
Joe Biden Has Hairline Fractures in His Right Foot
Biden’s doctor says he may have to wear “a walking boot for several weeks” after hurting his foot while playing with his German shepherd, Major.
maga
maga
Trump Did Worse in Counties Where He Held His Final Rallies: Report
Trump underperformed compared to 2016 in 25 out of 30 counties where he held his final pandemic get-togethers.
new york city
new york city
New York City to Begin Phased Reopening of Schools
Pre-K and elementary-school students will be able to return on December 7, and the city is overhauling how it manages its schools amid the pandemic.

The coddled dear leader

Sequestered in the White House and brooding out of public view after his election defeat, rageful and at times delirious in a torrent of private conversations, Trump was, in the telling of one close adviser, like “Mad King George, muttering, ‘I won. I won. I won.’ ”


However cleareyed Trump’s aides may have been about his loss to President-elect Joe Biden, many of them nonetheless indulged their boss and encouraged him to keep fighting with legal appeals. They were “happy to scratch his itch,” this adviser said. “If he thinks he won, it’s like, ‘Shh . . . we won’t tell him.’ ” …


In the days after the election, as Trump scrambled for an escape hatch from reality, the president largely ignored his campaign staff and the professional lawyers who had guided him through the Russia investigation and the impeachment trial, as well as the army of attorneys who stood ready to file legitimate court challenges.


Instead, Trump empowered loyalists who were willing to tell him what he wanted to hear — that he would have won in a landslide had the election not been rigged and stolen — and then to sacrifice their reputations by waging a campaign in courtrooms and in the media to convince the public of that delusion.

the national interest
the national interest
‘Republicans Remain Opposed to Any Policies That Would Reduce Fossil-Fuel Use’
That would rule out any policy to limit climate change.
international affairs
international affairs
What We Know About the Assassination of Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist
Israel was likely behind the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, but it’s not clear how much it will affect Iran’s nuclear program, or if Trump signed off.
frontlines
frontlines
Covid Is Surging, But There’s No More Hazard Pay for Retail Workers
Employees say they’re practically being forced to risk their lives by working during a busy and dangerous holiday season.
unhappy holidays
unhappy holidays
Why Does It Take Six Hours to Get a COVID Test in New York?
The hottest item in town may be a cotton swab that goes up the nose.
countdown
countdown
Here’s What Lame-Duck Trump Might Do
The president could start a war, spare his convicted cronies, and more on the way out.
clemency
clemency
Trump Pardons Michael Flynn in End-of-Term Attack on Russia Investigation
A little dose of payback from the departing president.

You didn’t think Trump would let us have a relaxing holiday weekend, did you?

It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!
@realDonaldTrump

Things are going well for the president

So, to be clear, Trump is currently phoning into a Republican-led hearing at a Wyndham hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – a state that has certified its results and a Biden victory – to dispute Biden’s election victory.

“This election was lost by the Democrats,” he says.
@josh_wingrove
street view
street view
New York’s Approval System for New Building Is a Recipe for Mediocrity
In Gowanus, we’re dredging for an idea everyone can live with.
now tell us who funds you
now tell us who funds you
To the Salt Mines With Ye, Ben Domenech
You can’t threaten your employees with hard labor for unionizing, even if you’re the boss of the Federalist.

Some bad news for everyone looking forward to a repeat of Giuliani’s “meltdown” last week

President Trump on Wednesday canceled his trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he was scheduled to join his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for a Republican-led state Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on alleged election irregularities.


… The cancellation comes after Giuliani was exposed to a second person who tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s unclear if that’s the reason the trip was cancelled.

Ya think?

This is about as close as Mayor de Blasio gets to an apology on schools reopening: “We didn’t have a Plan B and we should have had a Plan B.”
He says the city was trying to avert hitting 3 percent threshold. “In retrospect, clearly it would’ve been better” to have a Plan B.
@emmagf
politics
politics
Losing Hasn’t Changed Trump’s Stance on White Supremacy
His continued resistance to renaming military bases that honor Confederates — though it has no obvious political benefit — confirms his true beliefs.

This does not bode well for Biden’s dreams of returning to the days of Senate bipartisanship

Some Republican senators have publicly acknowledged Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect. Others have moved straight to criticizing his early Cabinet picks, even as President Trump continues to dispute the outcome of the Nov. 3 election.


But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), three weeks after Election Day, has still not said much of anything at all.


McConnell’s ongoing silence, even as the Trump administration moves to allow Biden to start his transition, leaves a question mark over what could be the most important Washington relationship of the next two years — between an incoming president who promised to tackle the nation’s most pressing concerns and the win-at-all-costs Capitol Hill operator who may well serve as his legislative gatekeeper.


The two men — Senate colleagues for 24 years and sparring partners in several high-stakes negotiations during Biden’s time as vice president — still have not spoken since the election, according to a GOP aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly.

the economy
the economy
Jobless Claims Rise Again As Virus Surges
A sign that economic recovery may be stalling out as the pandemic grips America again.

Trump was reportedly dissuaded in recent weeks from striking Iran, but Israel still wants to be prepared

The Israel Defense Forces have in recent weeks been instructed to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. will conduct a military strike against Iran before President Trump leaves office, senior Israeli officials tell me.


… The Israeli government instructed the IDF to undertake the preparations not because of any intelligence or assessment that Trump will order such a strike, but because senior Israeli officials anticipate “a very sensitive period” ahead of Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

third wave
third wave
‘We Saw it Coming. We Should Have Been Better at This.’
A Montana doctor treated coronavirus patients in New York, but she never thought the horrors would follow her 2,000 miles home.
fox news
fox news
Fox News Settles With Seth Rich’s Family After Promoting Conspiracy on His Death
The network settled with the slain DNC staffer’s parents over three years after suggesting his involvement in the 2016 hack of the Democratic Party.
coronavirus
coronavirus
U.S. Surpasses 2,000 COVID-19 Deaths in a Day for First Time Since May
Tuesday also marked three straight weeks of new daily cases above 100,000 and 15 straight days of new hospitalization highs.
1927-2020
1927-2020
David Dinkins Deserved Better
His mayoralty was not the overt failure it once seemed.
new york
new york
New York Democrats Gain Veto-Proof Majority in State Senate
The supermajority gives lawmakers enhanced negotiating power over Governor Cuomo and could set pandemic-related eviction protections in motion.
coronavirus vaccine
coronavirus vaccine
CDC Director: COVID Vaccine May Be Ready for Nursing-Home Residents in December
Robert Redfield said a vaccine may be distributed to nursing-home residents, then health-care providers, as early as mid-December.

The wheels are in motion

CONFIRMED: Biden transition is now in talks with all federal agencies, transition official tells @Forbes
@AndrewSolender
politics
politics
We’ll Soon Be Rid of Steve King — But Not His Demagoguery
The outgoing Republican congressman’s questioning of Kamala Harris’s ancestry shows his racist impulses have not been blunted — nor have his party’s.

But what about alienating our allies for no good reason?

USUN nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield: “America is back. Multilateralism is back. Diplomacy is back”
@jeneps

Wall Street does not exactly seem upset about Biden’s victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Dow Jones Industrial Average trades above 30,000 points as stocks continue to climb on vaccine hopes, Biden transition.
@JonLemire

Another state down

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania governor: Democrat Joe Biden certified as winner of presidential election in state.
@JonLemire
the national interest
the national interest
Trump: I’ll Keep Charging Fraud Until Randy Quaid Is Satisfied
The issue isn’t fraud; it’s the perception of fraud now.