Liveblog - In case you missed it: Headlines 12/08/20

With so many crazy things happening, sometimes things fall through the cracks.  Here are some headlines that you may find interesting and worth discussing.

  • The Orange Ass still thinks he won the election somehow and calls for judges, legislatures, and whomever to overrule the will of the people:
  • And our COVID-19 numbers are just super!
  • President elect Joe Biden announced the top members of his health care team. He promised that his administration would oversee the injection of 100 million Covid-19 vaccine shots within his first 100 days as president and vowed to reopen a “majority” of schools across the nation in the same time frame.
  • “Masking, vaccinations, opening schools,” Biden said. “These are the three key goals of my first 100 days.”
  • Who the hell knows what this even means?!
  • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday he has personally relocated to Texas, citing repeated complaints with California’s regulations over technology companies, as well as what he called innovation complacency throughout Silicon Valley. 
  • President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, two people familiar with the transition said, a decision that would add another African American woman to the ranks of his Cabinet.
  • Meidas Touch ad:

  • Steakhouses, Hill bars and ski trips: GOP carries on amid the pandemic

    It’s not just the White House flouting pandemic rules to mark this town’s schmooziest season.   Some corners of the GOP, including members of Congress, are refusing to let the coronavirus intrude on their holiday gatherings and in-person fundraisers — whether it’s on the slopes of Utah or in the steakhouses of Washington.

    Meanwhile, discussions are underway about holding the Conservative Political Action Conference — a massive, yearly affair — in person early next year, according to multiple sources.

    The event planning comes as the nation is battered by another brutal surge in coronavirus cases, . . .and it underscores the resistance by many in the GOP, led by President Donald Trump, to adjust to the new normal of the pandemic.  POLITICO

  • Woman Skis Into Active Volcano Vent; Survives to Tell the Tale

    A woman who fell into an active volcano in the US has spoken about her narrow escape.   Portland woman Caroline Sundbaum was skiing with her husband on Mount Hood, Oregon, when she fell through the snow into a potentially deadly volcanic vent called a fumarole, on Saturday. She told Good Morning America it felt like somebody “pulling a chair” from under her.

  • First signs of Thanksgiving COVID-19 wave emerge

    The first signs of a post-Thanksgiving surge in coronavirus cases are beginning to show up in data released by states across the country in a troubling prelude of what may become the deadliest month of the pandemic so far.

    . . . said Michael Osterholm, Director of Research and Prevention at the University of Minnesota. “We’re slingshotting this surge of cases into the holiday season in a way that is truly dangerous.”
    The Hill


  • SoCal and the San Joaquin Valley received a wireless emergency alert from the state Tuesday

    Californians in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley received a wireless emergency alert from the state Tuesday, urging them to stay at home unless they are doing an essential activity.

    The alert at noon was sent to cellphone users in Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties, as well as Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

    It was the largest wireless alert ever sent out by the state.

    The Sacramento Bee:

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