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NYC Will Have Covid Checkpoints at Key Bridges and Crossings


The sheriff’s office will conduct spot checks when out-of-state buses drop riders off at the curb. Test and tracing teams will be on the ground to direct individuals to testing sites and provide education on quarantine, Fucito said.

The 14-day quarantine mandates that travelers quarantine or test out. Violations of self-quarantine will be enforced, and may carry fines of $1,000 to $2,000, according to the mayor’s office.

The city will enforce the completion of traveler forms at airports, Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. There will be self-test site teams on site.

New York, the early center of the U.S. outbreak, reported a seven-day average of 1,476 new cases, and a seven-day positive test rate of 3.17%, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Just to be clear, the PA Senate is NOT holding a hearing tomorrow

The MAJORITY POLICY COMMITTEE (e.g. A Committee just of Republicans) is holding an unofficial hearing to discuss the Election. This would be the equivalent of the House Freedom Caucus holding its own "hearing".

Legislative leaders say hearing announced by Trump campaign is news to them

Source: Arizona Mirror

President Donald Trump’s campaign announced that Arizona and two other states had scheduled legislative hearings to look into allegations surrounding the 2020 general election, which came as a surprise to leaders in both chambers, neither of whom had approved any such hearing.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the Trump campaign announced that the legislatures in Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania would hold public hearings “in an effort to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election.”

The Pennsylvania Senate will hold a hearing on Wednesday, followed by Arizona on Nov. 30 and Michigan on Dec. 1, the campaign claimed.

In Arizona, neither House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, nor Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, have scheduled or approved any such hearing.

Read more: https://www.azmirror.com/blog/legislative-leaders-say-hearing-announced-by-trump-campaign-is-news-to-them/

Michigan House public hearing announced by Trump campaign not happening

Source: WXYZ News

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Trump Administration announced Tuesday that a public hearing would be held with the Michigan legislature on Dec. 1 to discuss the Nov. 3 election. According to a communications advisor for the House Republican Caucus Services, that isn't true.

The Trump campaign said in a press release that the Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona legislatures would be holding public hearings "in an effort to provide confidence that all of the legal votes have been counted and the illegal votes have not been counted in the November 3rd election."

“We are pleased that the State Legislatures in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan will be convening hearings to examine the November 3rd presidential election,” said Trump campaign Senior Legal Advisor and Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump, Jenna Ellis. “There were serious irregularities, we have proof of fraud in a number of states, and it is important for all Americans to have faith in our electoral process. All we have wanted from the outset is to count every legal vote and discount every illegal vote.”

Denny Schwarze, communications advisor with the House Republican Caucus Services did not provide any further details regarding the claim of public hearings.

Read more: https://www.wxyz.com/news/michigan-house-hearing-announced-by-trump-campaign-not-happening

Zagat and Michelin Hit Pause on New York City Guides

New York Times

Restaurant ratings traditionally land in November, with the annual release of the latest guides from Michelin and Zagat. Not this year. Both companies have put their 2021 New York guides on hold, and both are pivoting in other directions.

“We’ve postponed the New York guide until there’s a recovery,” Gwendal Poullennec, the international director of the Michelin Guides, said in a recent phone conversation. “Ratings are not appropriate when so many restaurants are closed.”

For now, struggling restaurants have enough to worry about without losing sleep over ratings. (Pete Wells, the New York Times restaurant critic, has been writing reviews, but not assigning stars, for the last several months.) Michelin inspectors are still out in the field, dining as their jobs require, and the group plans to issue a guide as soon as it feels appropriate.

Instead of publishing a guide for California as planned in June, Michelin held an online fund-raiser in late October called “Virtual Family Meal” to help the restaurants.

Geraldo Rivera to fellow Trump supporters: 'We lost'

New York Daily News

When you’ve lost Geraldo Rivera, you’ve lost middle America — among other states.

The Fox News contributor says he’s been in contact with President Trump since Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 election.

“I know that many of you want me to continue denying the results of the election, continue cheer-leading for the fight against the result, the Biden victory, I can’t do that,” the Trump-supporting pundit said on a video posted to Twitter. “There is no realistic prospect that any legal challenge will overturn the results of the election.”

Rivera urged the president to leave with “grace and dignity” on Nov. 12, after Biden had been declared the winner. Trump went another route, promoting unfounded election fraud rumors with the help of an “elite strike force” comprised of unhinged conspiracy theorists including the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Their efforts have so far been spectacularly unsuccessful

Kemp decries 'baseless attacks' from Trump supporter

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday decried attacks against him made by a supporter of President Donald Trump who sought to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the presidential race.


On Tuesday, Kemp responded at a press conference otherwise devoted to his COVID-19 response. Though he did not name Powell, he decried “misinformation” and “baseless attacks that are absolutely absurd.”

“These are ridiculous,” the governor said. “They only seek to breed fear, create confusion and sow discord amongst our citizens.

“Now, more than ever, we must stand up for the truth, and we need to unite around our shared values,” Kemp said. “We must ignore those who want to divide us and find a way to overcome the challenges that we all face together. I’m committed to doing that.”

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/politics/election/kemp-decries-baseless-attacks-from-trump-supporter/WSGUQDOQU5H5FCB23TODELSTEU/

AOC and Ilhan Omar want to block Biden's former chief of staff

Source: Axios

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a "deficit hawk” and criticizing his past support for Social Security and Medicare cuts.

Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard.

Driving the news: Some progressives have privately said the order of Biden's announcements was important to send an early signal the incoming administration took them seriously. So far, they’re suspicious of some of the people being named or rumored for jobs — but happy with John Kerry, Janet Yellen, Alejandro Mayorkas and Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Omar (D-Minn.) and fellow Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) are the first sitting members of Congress to sign the petition, which objects to Reed potentially serving as head of the Office of Management and Budget. It was launched by Justice Democrats.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/aoc-ilhan-omar-block-biden-former-chief-of-staff-8e0101c5-0094-415f-af80-5583a8ff8e6f.html

New York Democrats in two elections...


Minnesota state board meets to certify election results

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota’s state canvassing board was to meet Tuesday to certify the state's election results, an ordinarily routine task that is drawing closer attention due to President Donald Trump's efforts to delay it in key states.

Joe Biden defeated Trump in Minnesota by more than 230,000 votes, or about 7 percentage points.

Minnesota's board is made up of Secretary of State Steve Simon; Minnesota Supreme Court Justices Margaret Chutich and Gordon Moore; and Hennepin County District Judges Regina Chu and Christian Sande.

Simon is a Democrat. Chutich, Moore and Sande were all appointed by former Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat; Chu was appointed by former Gov. Jesse Ventura, an independent.

Read more: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/11/24/minnesota-state-board-meets-to-certify-election-results
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