The Rundown for December 4, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 13,112,439 and the nation’s death toll stands at 276,088, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University…

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer will ship only half the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses it initially projected for this year due to supply chain issues. The U.S. is expected to roll out the Pfizer vaccine this month, pending review by the FDA. A separate vaccine developed by Moderna is expected to arrive a week later. A third vaccine, produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, is not expected to be ready for FDA approval until late January, according to CNBC…

President-elect Joe Biden announced his plan yesterday to ask all Americans to wear masks during the first 100 days of his administration. Biden said during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that he will make masks mandatory in places like government buildings, airplanes and interstate transit. The president-elect confirmed that Dr. Anthony Fauci will become chief medical adviser for the president and serve on his COVID response team, while also remaining in his current role at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases…

California Governor Gavin Newsom warned yesterday that he will likely order most of the state’s businesses to close or limit capacity in the coming days. The order will be issued when fewer than 15 percent of beds are available in intensive care units for regional hospital networks. Newsom said four of the state’s five regions will meet that threshold within a day or two. Once triggered, regions would have 48 hours to implement the rules…

California’s 21,825 new cases were the most in the nation yesterday. Texas had the second most with 17,542. Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida and New York all reported more than 10,000 new cases.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES FACEBOOK OVER HIRINGS… The Justice Department is accusing Facebook of discriminating against American workers by giving hiring preferences to immigrants. A DOJ lawsuit filed yesterday following a two-year investigation alleges the social media firm refused to recruit, consider or hire qualified and available Americans for more than 2,600 positions. Those jobs instead went to foreigners on temporary visas, according to the lawsuit.

TRUMP AIDE BANNED FROM DOJ… Trump aide Heidi Stirrup, who has served as a White House liaison to the Department of Justice since earlier this year, has been barred from entering the Department of Justice building. The ban was issued after she allegedly pressured staffers for inside info about the department’s election fraud investigation and other sensitive subjects, tried to control hiring decisions and offered top jobs to Trump allies. According to the Associated Press, she learned of the ban within the past two weeks.

ALYSSA FARAH LEAVING WHITE HOUSE… White House communications director Alyssa Farah announced her resignation yesterday. Her announcement comes amid President Trump’s continued efforts to overturn the election despite winning just one of 43 post-election court challenges. Farah worked in the administration for over three years and surprisingly offered a call for unity on the day Joe Biden was declared president elect.

CALIFORNIA FIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONS… A wind-whipped brush fire in Orange County, California, has consumed at least 7,200 acres and prompted mandatory evacuations for 25,000 residents. The fire, dubbed the Bond Fire, started Wednesday night as a structure fire. Two of the roughly 500 firefighters battling the blaze were injured yesterday. Authorities say several structures have been damaged.

ENTERTAINMENT
WARNER BROS. TO STREAM STUDIO RELEASES
… Warner Bros. Pictures Group stunned the movie-theater industry yesterday with its announcement that all of the studio’s 2021 films will premiere on HBO Max as well as in cinemas. The films include several projected blockbusters such as “In the Heights,” “Matrix 4” and “Dune.” Warner Bros. previously announced that it would premiere “Wonder Woman 1984” simultaneously in theaters and on its streaming platform.

‘BLINDING LIGHTS’ IS TOP SONG… The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” finishes 2020 as the year’s top Billboard Hot 100 song. The single spent four weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Hot 100 in April and May. The song has since broken records for the most weeks spent in the top five and the top 10 among all titles in the chart’s 62-year history. Post Malone’s “Circles,” Roddy Ricch’s “The Box,” Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” and DaBaby’s “Rockstar” completed the top five.

SPORTS
TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

No. 3 IOWA 99, Western Illinois 58…
No. 7 KANSAS 89, Washburn 54…
No. 16 VIRGINIA TECH 64, VMI 57…
No. 25 Arizona State 70, CALIFORNIA 62

TONIGHT’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
No. 25 Louisiana is at Appalachian State

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
No. 1 Alabama is at LSU…
No. 2 Notre Dame hosts Syracuse…
No. 3 Clemson is at Virginia Tech…
No. 4 Ohio State is at Michigan State…
No. 5 Texas A&M is at Auburn…
No. 6 Florida is at Tennessee…
No. 8 Georgia hosts Vanderbilt…
No. 9 Iowa State hosts West Virginia…
No. 10 Miami is at Duke…
No. 11 Oklahoma hosts Baylor…
No. 12 Indiana is at No. 16 Wisconsin…
No. 13 BYU is at No. 18 Coastal Carolina…
No. 15 Oklahoma State is at TCU…
No. 17 North Carolina hosts Western Carolina…
No. 19 Iowa is at Illinois…
No. 21 Marshall hosts Rice…
No. 22 Washington hosts Stanford…
No. 23 Oregon is at California…
No. 24 Tulsa is at Navy

SUNDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
No. 20 USC hosts Washington State

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
New Orleans (9-2) is at Atlanta (4-7)…
Chicago (5-6) hosts Detroit (4-7)…
Cleveland (8-3) is at Tennessee (8-3)…
Miami (7-4) hosts Cincinnati (2-8-1)…
Jacksonville (1-10) is at Minnesota (5-6)…
the N.Y. Jets (0-11) host Las Vegas (6-5)…
Indianapolis (7-4) is at Houston (4-7)…
Arizona (6-5) hosts the L.A. Rams (7-4)…
the N.Y. Giants (4-7) are at Seattle (8-3)…
Green Bay (8-3) hosts Philadelphia (3-7-1)…
New England (5-6) is at the L.A. Chargers (3-8)…
Kansas City (10-1) hosts Denver (4-7)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL..
Washington (4-7) is at Pittsburgh (11-0)…
San Francisco (5-6) hosts Buffalo (8-3) in Glendale, Arizona

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