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Expanded Access To Voting Yielded Huge Turnout. Will States Take It Away?
Voting experts say it's not easy to remove options once they've been given to voters. But the fraught politics around alleged "fraud" complicate the outlook for coming elections.
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As COVID-19 Vaccine Nears, Employers Consider Making It Mandatory
With promising news out of COVID-19 vaccine trials, the question now is how many people will get the vaccine? And can or will employers require their workers to get vaccinated?
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‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Dawn Wells reveals what she’s grateful for in 2020: ‘This is the country I love’
“Gilligan’s Island” star Dawn Wells has plenty of reasons to be thankful in 2020.
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Comcast Internet data limits spark frustration for Northeast customers
Comcast will charge customers in the Northeast more if they exceed 1.2 terabytes of data in a month.
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Move Fast? Push For A Big Deal? Biden Faces Debate Over More COVID Aid
A question for Joe Biden and his team is whether they should be encouraging Democrats to move quickly, to deliver aid faster, even if that means accepting a smaller deal.
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Everything coming to and leaving Netflix in December 2020
The popular streaming service is looking to close out 2020 in the most festive and joyful way possible, by bringing a slew of holiday content right into people’s living rooms this season. 
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‘Dr. Death’ podcast: Patient recalls Dr. Farid Fata telling her she had cancer when she didn't: ‘Evil web’
When Patricia Hester was given the news from Dr. Farid Fata that she had cancer in Feb. 2010, she instantly went into survival mode. However, there was one big problem, Hester didn’t actually have cancer.
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Nice Car, But How Do You Charge That Thing? Let Us Count The Ways
Most charging actually happens at home, but concerns about how to juice up are tripping up would-be buyers. A lot is on the line for automakers.
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The Future Was Supposed to Be Better Than This
Thanksgiving — like the rest of life — just isn’t the same through a screen.
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D.C.-area forecast: Early showers on Thanksgiving, then a mild and mostly dry afternoon
Decent outdoor weather as temperatures trend warmer today and continue above normal into the weekend.
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A Small Business Finds Opportunity In Crisis
One Chicago small business owner has managed to stay afloat over months of stay-at-home orders and protests. Now he’s staring down a pandemic winter.
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Thousands of Peruvians are protesting the government’s rapid turnovers
A growing number of citizens no longer believe in the legitimacy of Peru’s main parties.
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A winter without hoops will be tough for the Ivy League. There are worse things.
As conference players and coaches lament a canceled season, others continue in their pursuit of madness.
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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree owl set free
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Jake Paul Believes COVID Is ‘a Hoax’—and I Am Fake News
Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/GettyIt’s everyday bro, with the Disney Channel flow. With those eight unmistakable words, I was thrust into the chaotic world of Jake Paul—YouTube star, Disney Channel castoff, and aspiring rapper. A friend had sent me the music video for the song, titled “It’s everyday bro,” along with the following question: You see this shit?I did, and down the rabbit hole I went. A native of Westlake, Ohio, Paul is the younger brother (by two years) of Logan Paul, who is perhaps best known for a grotesque stunt wherein he filmed a corpse at Aokigahara, known as Japan’s “suicide forest,” and posted it to YouTube. Like big bro, Paul amassed millions of followers on Vine via viral stunts, before bringing his talents to YouTube, where over 20 million people tune in to his antics (another 11.8 million tag along on TikTok). He’s the ringleader of Team 10, an influencer collaborative, and that aforementioned “rap” video has attracted over 275 million views.But in the last few years, Paul’s name has been synonymous with controversy. First came the neighbors in his L.A. enclave who contemplated filing a class-action lawsuit against him over the pranks, ragers, and other incredibly loud shenanigans at his mansion. Shortly thereafter, Disney and Paul, who’d starred on their series Bizaardvark, parted ways. Then TMZ ran a video of Paul dropping the N-word in a freestyle rap. In 2020 alone, he’s been embroiled in a strange hotel altercation with Zayn Malik in Las Vegas; was accused of partaking in a mall riot in Scottsdale during the George Floyd protests for Black lives; had the FBI raid his home and confiscate weapons as part of an ongoing investigation; and drew widespread condemnation, including by the mayor, for throwing a massive, maskless party at his Calabasas mansion in July, while COVID-19 cases were spiking across the country.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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China mulls new rules on foreigners to 'prohibit religious extremism'
Foreign religious groups and worshipers could be the latest targets of a growing crackdown on organized religion in China under President Xi Jinping.
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Support a Bar by Giving These Spirited Holiday Gifts
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos HandoutThere are few holiday traditions more beloved than meeting up with friends and family in a local bar for a celebratory drink. This year is, of course, going to be a bit different for most of us. But you can still support some of your favorite establishments across the country by giving these spirited gifts. Whether you’re in the market for a mug for a friend, a jigsaw puzzle for a sibling or a cozy sweatshirt for yourself, you can find something for everyone at these beloved cocktail bars.Jigsaw Puzzle ($25), Amor y Amargo, New YorkWhile we’d like nothing more than to be sitting at the tile-topped bar of New York’s Amor y Amargo, this jigsaw puzzle is the next best thing. Featuring artist Jill DeGroff’s lovely illustration of owner Sother Teague behind the stick, it’s the perfect weekend project for any Negroni lover. Also keep Teague’s Let’s Get Blitzen holiday cocktail book and custom “I Heart Bitters” Vans shoes ($150) in mind for the special amaro fanatic in your life.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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2020 Is Awful. These Charities Will Help Those in Need.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyWe don’t have to tell you that 2020 has been a rough year. Between the global pandemic that has infected two million people in the United States alone with no signs of stopping, a slew of natural disasters—from hurricanes to fires—and general political and social instability (and a president who golfs through it), the gap between the haves and the have-nots feels wider than ever in America. If you fall into the former group, here are some charities to put your money toward on this Giving Tuesday, December 1.Whether it’s a little or a lot, these organizations are dedicated to helping our most vulnerable populations and will surely appreciate the help.Natural DisastersRead more at The Daily Beast.
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First Step for Biden on Latino Relationship: Make It Exist
Joe Raedle/GettyThe relationship between Joe Biden and Latinos is part rescue mission, part arranged marriage, and part shotgun wedding.I’ve spoken to many Latinos who voted for Biden and now find themselves in a bit of a funk. They’re happy but sad. They know the president-elect isn’t in their corner, and they doubt he even knows where their corner is. They know that Biden grew up in a black-and-white world, and that his crayon box only has two colors in it.He’s clumsy with African Americans. But at least he acknowledges their existence and their support. In his victory speech, Biden thanked African Americans for backing him and promised to return the favor.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Biden Era Is Really Here, and It Feels Like a Miracle
Tasos Katopodis/GettyAnd suddenly, things felt different Tuesday. It was that cowardly GSA woman finally throwing in the towel. It was Laura Ingraham admitting it was over the night before. It was Donald Trump pardoning the turkeys, a self-abasing ritual for a president in the best of circumstances, but these were the worst of circumstances, and it was actually the first time in his presidency that I felt any empathy for him as I sat there imagining for, oh, at least 1.3 seconds what it must have taken for him to haul his lazy septuagenarian girth out there to do that.But more than any of those images, it was the sight of Joe Biden and his new national security team standing up there and introducing themselves to America. Serious people. Public servants, who are in this for the right reasons. Not a grifter or gonef in the bunch. People who are qualified for the jobs to which they’re nominated, and people who will be given rein to do those jobs without having to worry that the president is going to tweet at 5:37 a.m. that he’s been rethinking things and maybe it’s time to sell Alaska after all.And later on Tuesday, it was Biden again, solo this time, giving his first big transition-period interview to NBC’s Lester Holt. He talked like a president. Imagine. He didn’t pout or lash out or accuse Holt of bad faith. He gave answers that reflected that he has the public welfare in mind. And while he sounded notes of realism about the Senate he’ll probably have to deal with, he also laid out his ambition, which is not just to recover but to do more: “It’s a crisis that’s causing real mental stress for millions of people, and it’s in our power to solve it, and to grow the economy at the same time.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Gabriel Fernandez's Killer Among Death Row Inmates Who Received Fraudulent Jobless Benefits
More than $140 million in benefits was paid to around 20,000 California state inmates between March and August, prosecutors said.
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A Study Claimed Male Mentors Are More Helpful to Women Scientists—and It Did Not Go Over Well
GettyA scientific paper on the merits of women mentors has sparked a fierce debate, prompting the journal that published it to launch an investigation and the editor in chief to disavow the study’s conclusion that male mentorship might be more helpful.The paper, published in Nature Communications journal this month, analyzed the relationship between older and younger scientists who co-publish studies. The researchers analyzed 222 million papers and found that co-publishing with an older female scientist led to a “reduction in post-mentorship impact of female protégés”—meaning, essentially, fewer future citations for the younger female scientist.In their conclusion, the authors urge policy makers to revisit their mentorship programs and diversity policies, suggesting that female mentorships may be hurting—rather than helping—young women in the sciences.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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McConnell’s Newest Judge Is Seriously ‘Not Qualified’—and Dangerous
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyAttorney Kathryn Kimball Mizelle just landed a lifetime seat on the federal court at age 33. She’s a card-carrying member of the Federalist Society and the youngest of the already young Trump judges, a lady-in-waiting for a future Republican president to elevate.One of five judicial nominees waved through by the lame duck Senate in a final vote before lawmakers left town for Thanksgiving, Mizelle’s confirmation is the most galling. The brazenness of prioritizing yet more judges while ignoring desperately needed COVID-19 economic relief was on display as Republicans voted in lockstep for Mizelle, the tenth Trump nominee to be rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association.Mizelle is only eight years out of law school (University of Florida), and the ABA’s standard for a lifetime seat is 12 years of legal experience. She has had four distinguished clerkships, including one for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, but her only trial experience is as an intern before she graduated from law school. She will take her seat on the Eleventh Circuit for the Middle District of Florida having never tried a case—civil or criminal—as a lead attorney or co-counsel.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump’s COVID Task Force Is Petrified That The Public Will Ignore Its Thanksgiving Warning
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyWhen the Centers for Disease Control last week announced that Americans should not celebrate Thanksgiving with people outside of their household, officials working on the federal government’s COVID-19 response had already begun planning for the inevitability that family and friends would do just that, according to two senior officials familiar with the situation.The CDC announcement Nov. 19 was viewed internally by health officials as a last-ditch attempt by the agency to try and convince Americans to stay home for the holiday and to advise those who would travel on how to reduce transmission. And there’s some evidence that the plea worked. A recent New York Times survey showed that only 27 percent of those who were polled were spending the holiday with people outside their household. But officials said they felt the CDC announcement came too late—people had already made their travel plans and those who had previously refused to adhere to public health guidelines during the pandemic were not going to suddenly change their habits.With hospitalizations and new cases spiking in more than a dozen states across the country, doctors say the Thanksgiving holiday is likely to worsen an already terrible crisis. In the last week alone there were a reported 1.1 million Americans infected with the virus. About 1,200 people died on average per day, according to data collected by The New York Times.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Thai Police Charge 12 Protest Leaders Under Harsh Royal Defamation Law
Police on Tuesday issued summonses for 12 protest leaders to answer charges of lese majeste, defaming or insulting key members of the royal family
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North Korean Former Gymnast Fled To South Korea By Jumping Fence
The unnamed man defected to the South on Nov. 3, avoiding capture for 14 hours. He is seeking asylum in South Korea.
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Hong Kong leader warns city is on brink of new wave
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Car Crashes Into Angela Merkel's Berlin Office Gates
The words "You damn children and old people murderers" were seen written on side of the car, which was surrounded by emergency service workers.
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Thanksgiving Travel Warnings Are Being Ignored the Most in These 10 States—They Were All Won By Trump
Louisiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina top states where people said they will be eating thanksgiving dinner with those outside their own homes.
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Risk of U.S.-China 'Shooting War' Is Growing, Philippine Defense Secretary Warns
Delfin Lorenzana has pointed to increased tensions in the South China Sea, adding that his country would be in the line of fire.
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50 ways to celebrate a birthday during a pandemic
You think it might be hard to celebrate a milestone birthday in a pandemic but for one daughter, it's the thought that counts. Or five or 10 or 50 thoughts. Pick one or several for the ones you love. (It works for holiday presents, too.)
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50 ways to celebrate a birthday during a pandemic
Dear Mom: You mean the world to me.
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Meghan Markle talks 'unbearable grief' after revealing she suffered miscarriage
Megan Markle revealed she suffered a miscarriage during an opinion article published in the New York Times on Wednesday.
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What if Zoom crashes on Thanksgiving? These video meeting choices can save your virtual family gathering
Google Meet is your second best choice, as it's built right into the Gmail app, the most widely used e-mail program with over 1 billion users.       
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Philadelphia Fitness Coalition creates petition to reopen gyms amid pandemic
At least 30 gyms and fitness studios in Philadelphia are demanding that the city allows them to stay open in order to keep their businesses alive during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Meghan Markle: Miscarriage Shattered My Heart Into Pieces
Chris JacksonMeghan Markle has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July.Prince Harry’s wife broke the news in a heart-breaking opinion piece in the New York Times, writing movingly about the “unbearable grief” of miscarriage, which she said was: “experienced by many but talked about by few.”In the piece, in which Meghan describes herself as a “mother, feminist and advocate,” Meghan said, “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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'UNO Out'—Donovan Mitchell Tweet Over Card Game Goes Viral
The Utah Jazz star looked to settle a debate over the popular card game, which ended with UNO's official Twitter account wading into the discussion.
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'The Christmas Chronicles 2': How Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell Met
"The Christmas Chronicles 2' on Netflix sees Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell acting together after knowing each other for over 50 years—and being in a relationship for 38 years.
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Donald Trump Shares Deep State Conspiracy Article That Says 'We Are at War'
The article claims "treasonous swamp rats" in the government are trying to steal the election as the president continues his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.
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Parler Hack Claims Are Fake, CEO Says: 'They Are Just Obsessed With Us'
The term "ParlerHacked" became a trending Twitter topic in the U.S. amid baseless speculation that messages from Parler's high-profile users could have been compromised.
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Seattle's mayor is set to sign a new city budget cutting the police department's funding by 18%
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says she will sign a city government budget that includes an 18% cut to the police department budget.
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'How A Kidnap Attempt and COVID-19 Led Me To Love'
In 2015, I was lured to a vacant farmhouse in Maine by a man planning to kidnap me and his accomplice.
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7 Thanksgiving side dishes to make the day before
Make the holidays easier with these seven make ahead dishes.
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A Trump-boosting sheriff earned White House visits. Now she’s charged with theft.
Carolyn "Bunny" Welsh was one of Trump's earliest backers in Pennsylvania and made multiple trips to the White House, where she often nabbed a seat at Trump’s side.
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Meghan Markle Reveals Miscarriage: 'I Knew, as I Clutched my Firstborn Child, That I was Losing my Second'
Meghan Markle announced she has lost her second child to a miscarriage and described "watching my husband's heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine," in a powerful essay for the New York Times.
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Top House Democrat Says Mnuchin Trying to 'Sabotage' Biden's COVID Response
President-elect Joe Biden has picked former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to serve as the next U.S. Treasury Secretary.
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Australian Open 'likely' to be postponed by 'one or two weeks'
Next year's Australian Open will "likely" be postponed by "one or two weeks," according to an announcement by the state government in Victoria, Australia on Wednesday.
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Thanksgiving travel hampered by potential severe weather in the southeast
The busiest travel day of the year may be impacted by storms across the eastern United States and snow in the Pacific Northwest. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has your travel forecast.
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