CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 10,392,702 and the nation’s death toll stands at 241,047, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The COVID Tracking Project said the 144,270 cases reported yesterday marked the first time the number of new cases nationally surpassed 140,000. There were 1,421 deaths reported yesterday… The number of positive tests recorded in Texas yesterday surpassed one million and measures have been adopted in New York and Ohio to combat upticks. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a 10 p.m. curfew for bars, restaurants, gyms and bowling alleys starting tomorrow. Small social gatherings of more than 10 people at private homes will also be restricted in the state. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the institution of a statewide mask mandate following more than 50,000 new over the past two weeks.
VETERAN’S DAY… Americans honored the nation’s fallen soldiers yesterday at solemn services nationwide. President Trump, along with first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence, visited Arlington National Cemetery yesterday for the traditional Veterans Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, were joined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney in honoring veterans at the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial.
BIDEN LEAD GROWING… Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump continues to widen as voting totals from three states keep coming in. Biden was closing in an a victory in Arizona, which would give him 20 more Electoral College votes than he needs to secure the victory. He is projected to tally 306 Electoral College to Trump’s 232. If voting results continue at the current rate, Biden would win the popular vote by more than 5 million. Yesterday, Trump met with senior White House advisor Jared Kushner, campaign manager Bill Stepien and campaign advisor Jason Miller as the campaign pursues multiple legal challenges in several states. President-elect Biden, meanwhile, has named Ron Klain as his incoming chief of staff. Klain previously served as chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration and Biden during his tenure as vice president under President Barack Obama. In Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that the state will conduct a full recount by hand of all ballots cast statewide in the presidential election. Biden’s lead over Trump has grown to more than 14,000. Georgia has until November 20 to certify its ballots from across the state. Raffensperger claims there is no evidence to support allegations by Trump and Georgia’s two GOP senators that widespread voter fraud gave Biden his lead. Trump is projected to win the race in North Carolina, where the counting of provisional ballots continues.
GOP SENATORS RELEASE FUNDING PLAN… Republican senators have unveiled their $1.4 trillion spending package to keep the government running through September 2021. They hope the package will lead to an agreement with their Democratic colleagues before funding ends on December 11. The package consists of a dozen spending bills, allocating billions to each of the 12 appropriations subcommittees, including $69.8 billion for Homeland Security, $696 billion for Defense, $96.3 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services and $23.3 billion for Agriculture. Democrats have criticized the plan for its lack of coronavirus relief funding.
WILDFIRES COSTLY TO INSURERS… Insurance and reinsurance industry losses due to the nation’s wildfires will total more than $8 billion, according to the insurance broker Aon. Economic losses from the fires could top $13 billion, the firm says. Wildfires scorched millions of acres, primarily in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.
MAREN MORRIS WINS BIG AT CMA AWARDS… Maren Morris was a three-time winner at last night’s CMA Awards show. In addition to winning Female Vocalist of the Year, Morris won Single of the Year for “The Bones” and she shared Song of the Year honors for the single with co-writers Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz. Luke Combs, who was up for six awards, won Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for “What You See Is What You Get.” Eric Church took the top overall prize by being named Entertainer of the Year. Miranda Lambert, who led the field with seven nominations, won Music Video of the Year for “Bluebird.”
CLINT BLACK, LISA HARTMAN BLACK BOOTED FROM ‘MASKED’… Clint Black and wife, Lisa Hartman Black, have been eliminated from Season 4 of FOX’s “The Masked Singer.” Rapper Busta Rhymes was the first costumed celebrity eliminated this season. Actor Mickey Rourke later took himself out of the competition, and TV icon Brian Austin Green, retired pro football player/sports commentator Mark Sanchez, talk-show host Wendy Williams and comedian Bob Saget were subsequently booted from the show. Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke are the program’s judges, and Nick Cannon is the host.
NBA NEWS… The Oklahoma City Thunder have promoted assistant Mark Daigneault to head coach. Daigneault replaces Billy Donovan, who has moved on to Chicago. The 35-year-old Daigneault spent last season on Billy Donovan’s staff and was head coach of the G League’s Oklahoma City Blue for five seasons. The Thunder open camp on December 1.
MLB NEWS… Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman announced on social media yesterday that he will accept a qualifying offer to remain a New York Met for the 2021 season. The 29-year-old righthander opted out last season over COVID-19 concerns. Stroman was acquired by the Mets from Toronto on July 28, 2019. He went 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 11 starts for New York, leaving his career record at 51-47 with 3.76 ERA.
NCAA FOOTBALL NEWS… Coronavirus concerns have forced postponement or cancellation of four of Saturday’s college football games involving ranked teams from the SEC. No. 1 Alabama’s game at LSU has been postponed due to cases in LSU’s program and is in danger of not being played at all… No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee is being rescheduled for Dec. 12 as the result of three active cases in the Texas A&M program… No. 12 Georgia at Missouri has been postponed due to positive tests in the Missouri program and may be rescheduled for December 19… No. 24 Auburn’s game at Mississippi State was postponed because of COVID-19 positive tests and contact tracing within the Bulldogs’ program. It has been tentatively rescheduled for December 12… No. 3 Ohio State at Maryland has been cancelled in response to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Maryland program…. In the American Athletic Conference, Navy’s game at Memphis on Saturday was postponed because of positive tests at the Naval Academy.
TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE…
Indianapolis (5-3) is at Tennessee (6-2)