Beijing's aggressive South China Sea expansion shows its willingness to defy international laws for President Xi Jinping's visions of power. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is too weak to stand up to China.
German biotechnology firm CureVac boasted Thursday that its potential COVID-19 vaccine can be stored at standard refrigerator temperatures — unlike rival Pfizer’s, which needs to be kept in ultra-frigid storage. The company said the liquid vaccine is able to be maintained at 41 degrees Fahrenheit for at least three months before it spoils. The vaccine,... New York Post
First-term Democratic Staten Island Rep. Max Rose conceded Thursday that he lost his re-election bid to Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis following a hard-fought, bitter campaign. Rose, in a statement, acknowledged that he could not close the yawning, 37,000-vote lead Malliotakis had in the machine count from Election Day last week, with the absentee ballots now... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good, another Dem bits the dust.


At least 40 people working for President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team are or were registered lobbyists, a new analysis found. The report, published Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal, was done by searching the congressional lobbying databases for the over 500 appointees to the Biden transition team. In late September, as a Biden transition team... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden already sold out.
As politics becomes a high-stakes spectator sport, pollsters are reviewing their latest failures. But is part of the problem the public’s overly high expectations of precision? New York Times
VOA VIEW: Lies, lies, lies.
A record number of infections has driven hospitalizations to record levels. California meanwhile is nearing 1 million cases. Latest COVID-19 news.        USA Today
A Louisiana judge on Thursday rejected an effort by Republican state House members to force an end to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' statewide mask mandate and other restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At issue was a petition signed by 65 GOP members of ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Bad ruling.
The Trump administration's top diplomat for Syria and the coalition to defeat the Islamic State terror group will retire later this month, the State Department said this week. James Jeffrey, a U.S. Army veteran, joined the Trump administration in 2018 after a six-year retirement. He formerly served as the U.S. ... Washington Times
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany predicted Thursday a large number of the president's supporters will participate in pro-Trump events scheduled to take place Saturday in D.C. Ms. McEnany was asked about the events, specifically a "Stop the Steal" rally and a so-called "Million MAGA March," while appearing on Fox ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It will be big.


Tropical Storm Eta delivered heavy downpours and wind gusts Thursday over parts of the East Coast as it weakened and moved offshore, traveling parallel to the Carolinas in the Atlantic Ocean. A cold front passing along the coast combined with the tropical moisture from Eta was causing a "big rainfall ... Washington Times
President-elect Joe Biden has spoken by phone with Pope Francis as he continues to talk with leaders around the world ABC
VOA VIEW: Georgia Republicans must win.
A new report says white collar staff reaping the financial benefits of working from home should be taxed to help other workers who aren’t getting the same advantages ABC
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Democratic candidate Rita Hart's campaign manager noted errors in tabulation and data-entry identified in two counties in the past week. CBS

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer condemned Republicans for not acting on coronavirus. CBS
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is an idiot.
President-elect Joe Biden is pressing ahead with the White House transition process despite facing hurdles from President Trump. Mr. Biden has already formed a coronavirus advisory board and named his chief of staff. Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, joins CBSN to discuss the latest developments. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden will have to wait.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer say spiking coronavirus infections call for a sweeping relief bill, one Mitch McConnell is unlikely to support. CNBC
VOA VIEW: There is no incentive for either side to make a deal.


Biden campaign officials have been mounting their criticisms of Facebook's handling of the 2020 election, misinformation and its general impact on democracy. CNBC
Trump has not conceded the race to Biden, whose transition efforts have been stymied by a key agency's refusal to formally acknowledge him as the winner. CNBC
Media moguls Jeff Katzenberg and Byron Allen are two of the co-hosts for a virtual fundraiser for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock on Tuesday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Money talks.
Morgan Stanley analysts outlined Thursday why they believe online advertising can grow 20% in 2021, with Facebook, Google and Pinterest leading the pack. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The big get bigger.
President Donald Trump is refusing to concede the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden, but once Trump moves to the acceptance stage of his defeat, the urgent business of presidential pardons is likely to surge to the top of his checklist before leaving office. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN liberal stupidity.

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President Donald Trump has yet for formally concede the 2020 presidential race, but he's already planning to run again in four years' time. CNN
VOA VIEW: Trump is the clear front runner in 2020.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said bars, restaurants, gyms and other businesses that operate with a liquor license must close at 10 p.m. in an effort to contain a second coronavirus wave.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is mad.

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After making its second landfall in Florida overnight, Tropical Storm Eta began moving offshore, where it's expected to skirt along the East Coast before heading out to sea. UPI
VOA VIEW: Goodbye.
The Chinese owner of the popular TikTok video app says it is seeking to resolve the Trump administration's security concerns as it reached a Thursday deadline to divest U.S. interests. UPI
More than 700,000 U.S. workers have filed for new unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said in its weekly report Thursday. UPI
The re-election campaign for President Donald Trump on Wednesday filed a second lawsuit in the state seeking to prevent it from certifying election results until officials can ensure no unlawful ballots were cast. UPI

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