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Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusThe pandemic is growing more alarming by the day. Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are piling up at record rates, and experts fear that daily deaths may soon follow. (These charts show just how bad it is.) An influential Covid-19 model projected nearly 439,000 people could die of the virus by March 1. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta called the crisis a “humanitarian disaster.” Chicago issued a stay-at-home advisory, urging residents to leave only for essential needs and warning against Thanksgiving travel. If you are planning on visiting family, experts say you should have already started a 14-day quarantine. Dr. Anthony Fauci, too, offered advice on how to celebrate safely. Staying vigilant will be ever-important in the coming weeks — despite encouraging vaccine data, we shouldn’t expect it before the end of December at the earliest.JUST WATCHEDNurse dying of Covid-19 sends family message in final momentsReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Nurse dying of Covid-19 sends family message in final moments 03:14Read More2. US presidential transitionPresident-elect Joe Biden will win Arizona, turning a longtime Republican stronghold blue and widening his lead over President Donald Trump, CNN projects. The projected victory comes as Trump is still trying to fight the outcome of the election, though his Republican wall of support appears to be cracking. More GOP members are asserting that Biden should get national intelligence briefings, while others are starting to see Trump’s efforts to reverse the results as likely to fail. Yesterday, a group of national, state and private elections officials contradicted the President’s voter fraud conspiracies, saying there is no evidence of any voting system being compromised in the 2020 election.JUST WATCHEDWolf to HHS secretary: Why isn’t Biden’s team being briefed now?ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Wolf to HHS secretary: Why isn’t Biden’s team being briefed now? 05:413. EtaTropical Storm Eta moved out into the Atlantic Ocean after dumping torrents of rain on the Southeast. One person is dead in Florida, and five others were killed in North Carolina when the storm combined with a cold front to bring flooding there. Eta made landfall four times, first in Central America last week as a Category 4 hurricane. The storm has been especially devastating in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, where dozens have been killed and governments are ill-equipped to handle the disaster. We won’t know the true damage from Eta for a while. But the fallout from it might only be beginning,JUST WATCHEDDozens killed, thousands displaced in Central America ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Dozens killed, thousands displaced in Central America 02:254. Affirmative actionA US appeals court ruled that Harvard University’s admissions process did not violate the law. A group representing Asian Americans challenged the university’s affirmative action policy, claiming that the school discriminated against Asian Americans as it favored Black and Hispanic applicants. The ruling is likely to be taken up by the Supreme Court, which has long upheld affirmative action practices by narrow margins. Now that the court has a solidly conservative majority, policies that have boosted the admissions of traditionally disadvantaged minority students and enhanced campus diversity nationwide could come to an end.JUST WATCHEDHarvard admissions case could end affirmative action (October)ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Harvard admissions case could end affirmative action (October) 04:125. LibyaAt least 74 migrants died in a shipwreck yesterday off the coast of Libya, according to a United Nations agency. The boat was reportedly carrying more than 120 people, among them women and children. About 47 survivors were brought to shore, while the search for victims continues. Earlier this week, two boats capsized in the Central Mediterranean, killing at least 19 people. More than 200 people were rescued. Hundreds of people have drowned in the Mediterranean this year trying to reach European shores, some due to delays in rescue.BREAKFAST BROWSEBarack Obama’s long-awaited memoir is (almost) hereIn what will be the first of two volumes, he opens up about his presidency, his marriage and the rise of Trump. Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyU.S. President Barack Obama attends the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague, Netherlands, in March 2014. As Obama’s second term nears its close, here’s a look at some key moments of his administration.Hide Caption 1 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyFirst lady Michelle Obama brushes specks from the coat of then-Sen. Obama in Springfield, Illinois, just before he announced his candidacy for President in February 2007. Their daughters Malia, left, and Sasha wait in the foreground.Hide Caption 2 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama appears on “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert, right, in Des Moines, Iowa, in November 2007.Hide Caption 3 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama shakes hands with supporters after addressing a rally in Concord, New Hampshire, in January 2008.Hide Caption 4 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama gives a speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in March 2008.Hide Caption 5 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama speaks at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.Hide Caption 6 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama stands on stage in Chicago with his family after winning the presidential election on November 4, 2008.Hide Caption 7 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama poses in the Oval Office with several former U.S. Presidents in January 2009. From left are George H. W. Bush, Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.Hide Caption 8 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009.Hide Caption 9 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyAs retired military officers stand behind him, Obama signs an executive order to close down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in January 2009.Hide Caption 10 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama and Vice President Joe Biden look at solar panels as they tour the solar array at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on February 17, 2009. That same day, Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.Hide Caption 11 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyA soldier hugs Obama during his surprise visit to Camp Victory just outside Baghdad, Iraq, in April 2009. Hide Caption 12 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a visit to the Oval Office in May 2009. The boy wanted to know if Obama’s hair felt like his.Hide Caption 13 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama kisses Sonia Sotomayor’s cheek after announcing her as his nominee for Supreme Court justice in May 2009.Hide Caption 14 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyPalestinian security forces in Jenin, West Bank, listen to Obama speak from Cairo University in Egypt in June 2009. The Palestinian Authority hailed as a “good beginning” Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in which he reiterated his support for a Palestinian state.Hide Caption 15 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama and the first lady meet with Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City in July 2009.Hide Caption 16 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama hosts the Apollo 11 astronauts — from left, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong — in the Oval Office on July 20, 2009. It was the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.Hide Caption 17 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyPolice Sgt. James Crowley, second right, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, speaks with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., second left, alongside Obama and Biden as they share beers on the South Lawn of the White House in July 2009. The so-called Beer Summit was held after Crowley arrested Gates at his own home, which sparked tensions and racial furor.Hide Caption 18 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama salutes during the transfer of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, in October 2009. Obama traveled to the base to meet the plane carrying the bodies of 18 U.S. personnel killed in Afghanistan.Hide Caption 19 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama walks along the Great Wall of China in November 2009.Hide Caption 20 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama delivers a speech after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, in December 2009.Hide Caption 21 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama and former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush walk to the White House Rose Garden to speak about relief efforts for earthquake-stricken Haiti in January 2010.Hide Caption 22 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyFirst daughters Sasha and Malia Obama play in the snow with their father after a snowstorm hit Washington in February 2010.Hide Caption 23 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama’s signature on the Affordable Care Act is seen at the White House in March 2010.Hide Caption 24 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama throws out the opening pitch before a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals in April 2010.Hide Caption 25 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama and his daughter Sasha swim in Panama City Beach, Florida, in August 2010, to encourage people to come back to the Gulf Coast after a devastating oil spill.Hide Caption 26 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama laughs as he makes a statement on his birth certificate in April 2011. Obama said he was amused over conspiracy theories about his birthplace, and he said the media’s obsession with the “sideshow” issue was a distraction in a “serious time.”Hide Caption 27 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama, Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the national security team receive live updates on the mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.Hide Caption 28 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyU.S. Marines watch from Afghanistan as Obama announces the death of bin Laden on May 2, 2011.Hide Caption 29 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama enjoys a pint of Guinness in his ancestral home of Moneygall, Ireland, in May 2011.Hide Caption 30 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama and the first lady meet with Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace in May 2011. Hide Caption 31 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon walk together in May 2011 during a tour of the tornado devastation in Joplin, Missouri.Hide Caption 32 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama delivers remarks to troops and military families at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on December 14, 2011, marking the exit of U.S. soldiers from Iraq.Hide Caption 33 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama pays for a dog toy as he shops with his dog Bo at a PetSmart in Alexandria, Virginia, in December 2011.Hide Caption 34 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, in April 2012.Hide Caption 35 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyBritish Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others watch the overtime shootout of the Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich in a conference room at Camp David, Maryland, during a G-8 Summit in May 2012.Hide Caption 36 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama sits in his chair during a Cabinet meeting in July 2012. This image was tweeted by his official Twitter account in August 2012 in response to Clint Eastwood’s “empty chair” speech at the Republican National Convention. The tweet simply said, “This seat’s taken.”Hide Caption 37 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama casts a shadow in this picture as he accepts the 2012 Democratic nomination for President during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in September 2012.Hide Caption 38 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the first presidential debate of the 2012 election.Hide Caption 39 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama celebrates on stage in Chicago after defeating Romney on Election Day in 2012.Hide Caption 40 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama pauses during his speech at a memorial service for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December 2012.Hide Caption 41 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyHundreds of thousands gather at the U.S. Capitol building as Obama is inaugurated for his second term on January 21, 2013. Hide Caption 42 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyIsraeli President Shimon Peres, left, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, stand with Obama after Obama arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel, in March 2013.Hide Caption 43 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama adjusts an umbrella held by a Marine during a White House news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May 2013.Hide Caption 44 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyJay Leno interviews Obama on “The Tonight Show” in August 2013.Hide Caption 45 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyWhite House press secretary Jay Carney fields questions from reporters during a daily press briefing at the White House in September 2013. Obama had just pushed for congressional approval for limited military strikes against the Syrian government.Hide Caption 46 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyActor and comedian Zach Galifianakis interviews Obama during his appearance on “Between Two Ferns,” a digital video series with a laser focus on reaching people aged 18 to 34. The President urged young people to sign up for his new health care plan in the video posted on the website Funny or Die.Hide Caption 47 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama walks to the Oval Office on August 7, 2014, the same day he announced the beginning of airstrikes on ISIS.Hide Caption 48 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama speaks to the nation about normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014. Hide Caption 49 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyFrom left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner listen as Obama speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 13, 2015. Hide Caption 50 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama responds to a heckler who interrupted his speech during a White House reception for LGBT Pride Month in June 2015.Hide Caption 51 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama cries in January 2016 as he delivers a statement on his executive action to reduce gun violence.Hide Caption 52 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyCuban President Raul Castro tries to lift up Obama’s arm at the end of a joint news conference in Havana, Cuba, in March 2016. Castro hailed Obama’s opposition to a long-standing economic “blockade,” but said it would need to end before ties between the two countries are fully normalized.Hide Caption 53 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama visits Prince William, Duchess Catherine and their son, Prince George, during a trip to London in April 2016.Hide Caption 54 of 55 Photos: Barack Obama's presidencyObama hugs Hillary Clinton after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. Obama told the crowd at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center that Clinton is ready to be commander in chief. “For four years, I had a front-row seat to her intelligence, her judgment and her discipline,” he said, referring to Clinton’s stint as secretary of state.Hide Caption 55 of 55Emma Roberts is the first pregnant Cosmopolitan cover starCongrats to her for the cover and the baby!The Masters has begun, and Tiger Woods impressedIf the opening round is any indication, the man’s still got game.JUST WATCHEDJustin Thomas on the Masters in the age of Covid-19ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Justin Thomas on the Masters in the age of Covid-19 03:52A wildlife rehabilitator carried an injured swan across New York City by foot, car and subway to get it to safetyNot all heroes wear capes.Hey, babe, what’s your sign? And what’s your burrito order?Cuffing season is upon us, and Chipotle, Uber Eats and Hinge want to help you find love.TODAY’S NUMBER709,000That’s how many Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week — slightly fewer than economists had expected. But though the economy is recovering from the pandemic, the one we knew might be a thing of the past, the Federal Reserve chairman said.JUST WATCHEDSee Fed chairman’s warning about the economyReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
See Fed chairman’s warning about the economy 01:48TODAY’S QUOTE”Ahmaud wasn’t allowed to go home. Ahmaud wasn’t even allowed the chance to live.”Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, during a bond hearing for the two men facing charges in the February shooting death of her son. The hearing resumes today.JUST WATCHED90 acres in rural Georgia purchased as a safe space for Black people ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Heavy rain and mountain snow for Pacific Northwest this weekend 02:33Check your local forecast here>>>AND FINALLYAn 8-hour masterpiece in 3 minutesSit back and be awed as this artist brings Pikachu to life with just colored pencils — some people are so talented. (Click here to view.)
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