WIKIPEDIA REPORTS ELECTION UPDATES
"The 2020 United States presidential election was the 59th quadrennial presidential election held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The Democratic ticket of former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator from California Kamala Harris defeated the Republican ticket of incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Voters selected presidential electors of the Electoral College who in turn will vote on December 14, 2020, to elect the new president and vice president. This was the first election since 1992 in which an incumbent president failed to win re-election to a second term. Both Biden and Trump received more than 70 million votes, beating Barack Obama's record of 69.5 million votes from 2008; with more than 75 million votes, Biden received the most votes ever cast for a presidential candidate in an American election.
Trump secured the Republican nomination without any serious opposition, while Biden secured the Democratic nomination over his closest rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, in a competitive primary that featured the largest field of presidential candidates for any political party in the modern era of American politics. Biden's running mate Senator Kamala Harris is the first African American, first Asian American, and third female[b] vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket.
Central issues of the election included the public health and economic impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest in reaction to the police killing of George Floyd and others and the future of the Supreme Court following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett.
The election saw a record number of ballots cast early and by mail, due to many states relaxing restrictions on mail-in voting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the large number of mail-in ballots, some swing states saw delays in vote counting and reporting, leading to major news outlets not projecting a winner until four days later on November 7. On election night, and after Biden was declared winner, Trump made frequent false claims intended to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election, and refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. By November 7, Biden and Harris were declared winners by all major news outlets projecting the results, including ABC, the Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, NBC, The New York Times, and Reuters. Counting continues to determine the final results. Biden and Harris are scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. Trump has yet to concede.
U.S FINANCIAL NEWS UPDATES
According to World Health Organization (WHO), "the best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by wearing a mask, washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow)." https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1
COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact through respiratory droplets or small particles produced when an infected person coughs, talks, or breathes. Growing evidence shows that droplets can remain suspended in the air and travel distances beyond six feet, according to the CDC. Indoor environments with poor ventilation increase the risk of transmission.
To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:
Learn more at WHO
Visit Vote.gov to register to vote. Depending on your state’s voter registration rules, the site can help you:
Nationwide unemployment rate fell to 8.6% in August 2020, after skyrocketing to 14.7% in April.
The total number of unemployed was 13.55 million. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports these indicators in the Employment Situation Summary each month. (September 4, 2020 Report
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