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California reported a record number of virus cases on the eve of Thanksgiving. ABC
VOA VIEW: Blame this on Dems.
Millions of Americans are heading for a "bleak winter" without additional financial relief from U.S., economists say. CBS
VOA VIEW: The government is not this countries piggy bank.
More than 2,200 new COVID-19 deaths were reported across the country Wednesday, the deadliest day of the pandemic in more than six months. Officials are worried Thanksgiving gatherings could cause that number to spike by Christmas. Adriana Diaz reports. CBS

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Thanksgiving is usually the biggest travel weekend of the year, but the coronavirus has shaken up plans. CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave takes a look at how the pandemic has affected travel plans and what you should expect if you're hitting the road today. CBS
In a long-anticipated move, President Trump pardoned his former adviser Michael Flynn, who had been convicted of lying about his conversations with Russian officials. The pardon came after the president continued to publicly contest the election results and President-elect Joe Biden called for unity. Ben Tracy reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is a fool and Trump is being hopeful.
Bitcoin has plunged by close to $3,000 in less than 24 hours after hitting highs not seen since the end of 2017. CNBC
The majority of these layoffs will be from its parks, experiences and products division and include the 28,000 workers that the company previously announced. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Sad, but the sign of the times.
The company's "conversion lift" tool suffered a glitch that reportedly affected thousands of ads between August 2019 and August 2020. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook is a ripoff.
Gold prices have numerous catalysts ahead, GraniteShares CEO Will Rhind says following Citigroup's new bullish target of $2,500 an ounce by 2021. CNBC

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Officials at the meeting voted to keep benchmark short-term borrowing rates anchored near zero. CNBC
When the British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca announced on Monday that its experimental coronavirus vaccine is 70% effective on average, the world exhaled a collective sigh of relief and stocks rallied. Another vaccine with promising results had arrived. CNN
VOA VIEW: Republicans are positive, while Dems are negative.
As new coronavirus cases explode nationwide, health officials are turning to cell phones to help slow the spread of infections. CNN
TikTok's deadline to finalize a US buyer has been extended for the second time in less than a month. CNN
VOA VIEW: Goodbye!

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday night blocked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from reimposing strict attendance caps at worship services in areas hit hard by the novel coronavirus.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good news.
The Justice Department on Wednesday appealed a court's decision to block it from interfering in a defamation case brought against President Donald Trump by E. Jean Carroll, who said the president raped her in the 1990s. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday ordered further certification actions to be halted causing the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf to ask the state's Supreme Court to intervene in a scathing appeal. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good news for Trump - it's not over until the fat lady signs.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were among the leading nominees for Time's 2020 Person of the Year. UPI
VOA VIEW: Time's credibility is gone.
Meals for the U.S. military's annual Thanksgiving Feed-the-Troops tradition will shift to a grab-and-go style rather than large sit-down group gatherings in dining facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UPI

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November 26, 2020

     Biden would like to get some credit for the vaccine.  President-elect Joe Bidens transition team has been briefed on America’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters Tuesday. Azar said that on Monday evening Rear Adm. Erica Schwartz, the official leading the transition planning effort, briefed the Biden team on Operation Warp Speed, which aims to get a coronavirus vaccine to the public in record time.

     “We are immediately getting them all of the pre-prepared transition briefing materials,” Azar said. “We will ensure coordinated briefings with them to ensure they’re getting whatever information that they feel they need,” Azar said, adding that the “transition planning and execution will be professional, cooperative and collaborative.” The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

     The move ends weeks of delays in the formal handover of power from President Donald Trump to the Biden administration in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. Trump has not conceded the election to Biden. The U.S. is grappling with a dramatic resurgence of coronavirus cases as major holidays approach. Thus far, the nation has recorded at least 257,991 Covid-19 related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins UniversityThe Trump administration has been criticized as not doing enough to control the spread of the deadly disease.