The Rundown for November 20, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 11,710,084 and the nation’s death toll stands at 252,484, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of hospitalizations in the U.S. has jumped nearly 50 percent over the past two weeks… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday urged Americans not to travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in order to limit the spread of COVID-19… California is imposing a limited Stay-at-Home Order that goes into effect tomorrow. Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. in 41 counties representing over 94 percent of the state’s population. The order ends on the morning of December 21.

BIDEN CHOOSES TREASURY SECRETARY… President-elect Joe Biden revealed yesterday that he has made his choice for treasury secretary. Biden also said he has discussed a possible nationwide mask mandate with state governors during a call. The president-elect said wearing a mask was “not a political statement, it’s a patriotic duty” during remarks after the call with both Republican and Democratic state governors. He also urged the federal government to deliver financial relief to states so they can tackle the virus.

RECOUNT CONFIRMS BIDEN WIN IN GEORGIA… The recount of ballots in Georgia’s presidential race has confirmed Joe Biden beat President Trump by 12,284 votes and found no widespread fraud. Officials in the state are scheduled to certify the results by the end of the day. Trump’s reelection campaign yesterday dropped its bid to challenge Biden’s victory in Michigan. Instead, Trump has invited state Republican leaders to a meeting at the White House today. The Trump campaign also had lawsuits tossed in Maricopa County, Arizona, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

SCHUMER SAYS McCONNELL AGRESS TO NEGOTIATE… Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said yesterday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to resume negotiations over a potential new Covid-19 relief bill. Congressional aides on both sides, however, warn that Schumer might have been overly optimistic. Democrats and Republicans are seeking to avoid a government shutdown on December 11.

742K NEW UNEMPLOYMENT FILINGS… Another 742,000 U.S. workers have filed for new unemployment benefits, according to figures released by the Labor Department. The number reflected an increase of 31,000 from the previous week and brought the unemployment rate at 4.3 percent. Most economists expected about 700,000 new claims. There are almost 6.4 million continuing claims, the report said.

ENTERTAINMENT
NBC’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FILLS OUT LINEUP
… Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani have joined the list of performers on NBC’s 2020 Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. The network says Clarkson will perform with Brett Eldredge. Other performers include The Goo Goo Dolls, Meghan Trainor and Earth, Wind & Fire, Dolly Parton and the Radio City Rockettes. The special will air on December 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

BOBBY BROWN JR. FOUND DEAD… Police have confirmed that the son of R&B singer Bobby Brown was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday, police have confirmed. Police say there is no sign of four play in the death of 28-year-old Bobby Brown Jr. Officers responded to residence following the report of a “medical emergency.” Brown was the stepson of the late Whitney Houston.

SPORTS
NFL SCORE

SEATTLE 28 – Arizona 21
… Russell Wilson threw first-half touchdown passes to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and the Seahawks (7-3) held off the Cardinals (6-4). Carlos Hyde ran 2 yards for a third-quarter score.

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

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
the L.A. Rams (6-3) are at Tampa Bay (7-3)

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORE
No. 25 Tulsa 30, Tulane 24 (2OT)

NBA NEWS… The Golden State Warriors announced yesterday that guard Klay Thompson has suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will miss the 2020-21 season. Thompson suffered the injury during a workout on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the 2018-19 NBA Finals.

The Rundown for November 18, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 11,320,337 and the nation’s death toll stands at 248,227, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A Reuters analysis has found that 41 states have reported record increases in the number of cases so far this month, while 20 have seen a record rise in deaths and 26 reported record hospitalizations. In 25 states, test positivity rates were at least 10 percent for the week ending on Sunday. The World Health Organization considers a positivity rate above 5 percent to be concerning… Experts advising President-elect Joe Biden on the pandemic fear that the Trump administration’s delay in recognizing election results could be compromising the U.S. response to the virus. Yesterday, doctors and nurses from multiple medical associations published a letter urging the Trump administration to share critical COVID-19 data with Biden’s transition team to avoid unnecessary delays.

BIDEN APPOINTMENTS… President-elect Joe Biden yesterday announced the appointment of nine White House aides, including counselors and senior advisers. Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, will become deputy chief of staff. Longtime adviser Steve Ricchetti will become counselor to the president. U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, who served as national co-chairman of Biden’s campaign, will become senior adviser to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Mike Donilon, chief strategist for the campaign, will become a senior adviser to the president. Finally, Dana Remus, the campaign’s general counsel, will become counsel to the president. Biden began his appointments last Wednesday with the naming of Ron Klain as chief of staff. The president-elect is expected to nominate cabinet members by the end of the week.

TRUMP FIRES ELECTION SECURITY DIRECTOR… President Trump announced on Twitter last night that he has fired Christopher Krebs as the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Krebs has steadfastly defended the integrity of the 2020 presidential elections and repeatedly debunked Trump campaign allegations of widespread voter fraud. Trump called Krebs’ claims denying evidence of fraud “highly inaccurate.”

PA SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST TRUMP… The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled overwhelmingly yesterday in rejecting the Trump Campaign’s claim that Philadelphia violated state election law by not giving Republican observers “meaningful access” to watch the vote counting. Dissenters in the 5-2 vote were justices who preferred to rule the case as moot. The ruling weakens the Trump campaign’s to contest voting results in federal court and lowers its record to 1-25 in post-election lawsuits.

SENATE STALLS FED NOMINATION… The Trump administration’s nomination of Judy Shelton for the Federal Reserve’s board of governors stalled in the Senate yesterday. The effort failed yesterday by a 47-50 vote that included the opposition of GOP senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell switched his “yes” vote to “no,” which allows another vote later. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris returned to the chamber for the first time since the election and cast a key vote against.

TROOP WITHDRAWALS IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ… The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that the Trump administration has ordered troop withdrawals in Afghanistan and Iraq. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said yesterday that the process will be complete by January 15 as part of efforts to reach a negotiated peace with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Miller’s public remarks were his first since replacing Mark Esper, who was abruptly fired last week. Some half of the 5,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in Afghanistan reportedly would be withdrawn, as would 500 of the 3,000 troops in Iraq. Some senior Pentagon officials are bewildered by the move and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called it a “dumb idea.”

SENATE PANEL GRILLS TECH LEADERS… The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday grilled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over their social media platforms’ mechanisms for handling the spread of misinformation during the 2020 election campaign. Both tech leaders said their companies took steps to curb misinformation as the election approached, but their efforts prompted GOP panel members to allege bias. Zuckerberg and Dorsey both said they didn’t want a repeat of the 2016 elections, in which Russian hackers made repeated efforts online and via social media to interfere and influence the vote in favor of Trump.

ENTERTAINMENT
CONAN LEAVING TBS
… Conan O’Brien is leaving TBS to launch a weekly variety series on HBO Max. He will continue to host his nightly talk show through the end of its 10th season in June 2021. O’Brien had been a writer on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons” before replacing David Letterman behind the desk on NBC’s “Late Night” in 2003. O’Brien landed at TBS after a failed stint as host of “The Tonight Show.”

DOLLY PARTON DONATION HELPED COVID-19 VACCINE… The Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville says a $1 million donation by Dolly Parton helped U.S. biotech firm Moderna develop their COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine trial and clinical research were a part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s efforts to stop the virus. Parton previously announced the donation on social media last April.

LIL WAYNE FACES FEDERAL GUN CHARGE… Lil Wayne was charged in Florida yesterday with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Prosecutors say Authorities said the rapper has acknowledged owning the gold-plated handgun and ammunition that were discovered in a search his luggage aboard a private plane that landed in Miami on December 23. Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., has a felony gun conviction from New York back in 2009. The federal offense he faces carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

SPORTS
MLB NEWS
… The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday that Theo Epstein is stepping down as the team’s president of baseball operations. The 46-year-old Epstein will leave at the end of the week and is being replaced by general manager Jed Hoyer. Epstein ran the Cubs for nine years and in 2016 helped bring the franchise its first World Series title in 108 years. Epstein also helped build World Series winners with the Boston Red Sox 2004 and in 2007.

NBA NEWS… The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired free-agent guard Bogdan Bogdanovic as part of a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings. The deal also brings guard Justin James to Milwaukee. In exchange, Sacramento gets guard Donte Divincenzo along with forwards D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova.

The Rundown for November 19, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 11,498,515 and the nation’s death toll stands at 250,180, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New York City Public Schools announced yesterday that it will be shutting down after the city reached a 3-percent testing positivity rate… Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers yesterday declared a state of emergency and said he would extend the state’s face mask mandate until 2021.

BIDEN PARTICIPATES IN HEALTH-CARE ROUNDTABLE… President-elect Joe Biden held a virtual roundtable with front-line healthcare workers yesterday. The workers called for more personal protective equipment, widespread testing, contract tracing and better economic support for Americans. Biden was also warned that hospitals nationwide are overflowing with coronavirus patients.

TRUMP CONTINUES LEGAL CHALLENGES… President Trump continued his legal challenges to the 2020 presidential elections with new filings yesterday. The Trump campaign has paid the state $3 million and filed a petition for a recount of ballots in Dane and Milwaukee counties. Trump’s campaign also filed an amended complaint in Pennsylvania seeking to block the state’s efforts to verify its election results. On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled officials in Philadelphia did not prevent observers from overseeing the counting of ballots. Officials in Georgia are expected to release tallies from a recount today and say results are not likely to overturn Biden’s 14,000-vote victory in the state.

FBI INVESTIGATING TEXAS AG… The FBI has launched an investigations into allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton illegally used his office to benefit a wealthy donor. Former members of Paxton’s staff accuse Paxton of committing bribery, abuse of office and other crimes in support of an Austin real estate developer. Seven senior lawyers in the attorney general’s office and the agency’s head of law enforcement claim Paxton hired an outside lawyer to investigate the developer’s allegations that the FBI improperly searched his home and offices last year.

PELOSI RE-ELECTED TO LEAD DEMS… Democrats yesterday re-elected Nancy Pelosi to lead the party as House speaker. Pelosi, along with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, ran unopposed. The three Democrats have held their positions in the House for the last 14 years. Last week, New York Democrat Chuck Schumer was re-elect as Senate minority leader while Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky won another term as the Senate majority leader.

GREEN BERET ADMITS SPYING FOR RUSSIA… A former Army Green Beret has pleaded guilty today to providing Russian intelligence operatives with U.S. national defense information. 45-year-old Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins allegedly participated in the conspiracy between December 1996 and January 2011. The former U.S. Army Ranger allegedly provided information about his chemical and Special Forces units. As part of his arrangement with the Russians, he was given a code name and signed a statement of cooperation.

ENTERTAINMENT
MICHAEL B. JORDAN IS PEOPLE’S SEXIEST
… Michael B. Jordan has been named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive for 2020.” The 33-year-old actor is best known for his TV roles in “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights,” as well as his work in such films as “Fruitvale Station,” “Creed,” “Black Panther” and “Just Mercy.” Last year’s Sexiest Man Alive was singer John Legend.

TORY LANEZ PLEADS NOT GUILTY… Rapper Tory Lanez pleaded not guilty yesterday to felony assault charges in the July shooting of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion. The 28-year-old Lanez entered the plea through his attorney and was not present in the courtroom. He was told to return for a hearing on January 20. If convicted, Lanez faces a maximum sentence of roughly 23 years. Lanez was charged in October with one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and one count of carrying a loaded, concealed firearm in a vehicle following a July incident in the Hollywood Hills.

SPORTS
NBA NEWS
… The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards with the first pick of the 2020 NBA draft night. Edwards is a 6-5 guard who played his lone college season at Georgia. The Golden State Warriors chose Memphis center James Wiseman with the second choice, while guard LaMelo Ball went to the Charlotte Hornets at No. 3.

MLB NEWS… Major League Baseball has suspended New York Mets second-baseman Robinson Cano for the 2021 season following his second positive test for a performing-enhancing drug. The 38-year-old Cano was previously suspended for 80 games in 2018. The current suspension will cost him $24 million in salary and possibly harm his post-career election to the Hall of Fame. He is a lifetime .303 hitter with 334 career homers.

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
Arizona (6-3) is at Seattle (6-3)

The Rundown for November 18, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 11,320,337 and the nation’s death toll stands at 248,227, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A Reuters analysis has found that 41 states have reported record increases in the number of cases so far this month, while 20 have seen a record rise in deaths and 26 reported record hospitalizations. In 25 states, test positivity rates were at least 10 percent for the week ending on Sunday. The World Health Organization considers a positivity rate above 5 percent to be concerning… Experts advising President-elect Joe Biden on the pandemic fear that the Trump administration’s delay in recognizing election results could be compromising the U.S. response to the virus. Yesterday, doctors and nurses from multiple medical associations published a letter urging the Trump administration to share critical COVID-19 data with Biden’s transition team to avoid unnecessary delays.

BIDEN APPOINTMENTS… President-elect Joe Biden yesterday announced the appointment of nine White House aides, including counselors and senior advisers. Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, will become deputy chief of staff. Longtime adviser Steve Ricchetti will become counselor to the president. U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, who served as national co-chairman of Biden’s campaign, will become senior adviser to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Mike Donilon, chief strategist for the campaign, will become a senior adviser to the president. Finally, Dana Remus, the campaign’s general counsel, will become counsel to the president. Biden began his appointments last Wednesday with the naming of Ron Klain as chief of staff. The president-elect is expected to nominate cabinet members by the end of the week.

TRUMP FIRES ELECTION SECURITY DIRECTOR… President Trump announced on Twitter last night that he has fired Christopher Krebs as the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Krebs has steadfastly defended the integrity of the 2020 presidential elections and repeatedly debunked Trump campaign allegations of widespread voter fraud. Trump called Krebs’ claims denying evidence of fraud “highly inaccurate.”

PA SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST TRUMP… The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled overwhelmingly yesterday in rejecting the Trump Campaign’s claim that Philadelphia violated state election law by not giving Republican observers “meaningful access” to watch the vote counting. Dissenters in the 5-2 vote were justices who preferred to rule the case as moot. The ruling weakens the Trump campaign’s to contest voting results in federal court and lowers its record to 1-25 in post-election lawsuits.

SENATE STALLS FED NOMINATION… The Trump administration’s nomination of Judy Shelton for the Federal Reserve’s board of governors stalled in the Senate yesterday. The effort failed yesterday by a 47-50 vote that included the opposition of GOP senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell switched his “yes” vote to “no,” which allows another vote later. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris returned to the chamber for the first time since the election and cast a key vote against.

TROOP WITHDRAWALS IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ… The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that the Trump administration has ordered troop withdrawals in Afghanistan and Iraq. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said yesterday that the process will be complete by January 15 as part of efforts to reach a negotiated peace with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Miller’s public remarks were his first since replacing Mark Esper, who was abruptly fired last week. Some half of the 5,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in Afghanistan reportedly would be withdrawn, as would 500 of the 3,000 troops in Iraq. Some senior Pentagon officials are bewildered by the move and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called it a “dumb idea.”

SENATE PANEL GRILLS TECH LEADERS… The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday grilled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over their social media platforms’ mechanisms for handling the spread of misinformation during the 2020 election campaign. Both tech leaders said their companies took steps to curb misinformation as the election approached, but their efforts prompted GOP panel members to allege bias. Zuckerberg and Dorsey both said they didn’t want a repeat of the 2016 elections, in which Russian hackers made repeated efforts online and via social media to interfere and influence the vote in favor of Trump.

ENTERTAINMENT
CONAN LEAVING TBS
… Conan O’Brien is leaving TBS to launch a weekly variety series on HBO Max. He will continue to host his nightly talk show through the end of its 10th season in June 2021. O’Brien had been a writer on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons” before replacing David Letterman behind the desk on NBC’s “Late Night” in 2003. O’Brien landed at TBS after a failed stint as host of “The Tonight Show.”

DOLLY PARTON DONATION HELPED COVID-19 VACCINE… The Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville says a $1 million donation by Dolly Parton helped U.S. biotech firm Moderna develop their COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine trial and clinical research were a part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s efforts to stop the virus. Parton previously announced the donation on social media last April.

LIL WAYNE FACES FEDERAL GUN CHARGE… Lil Wayne was charged in Florida yesterday with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Prosecutors say Authorities said the rapper has acknowledged owning the gold-plated handgun and ammunition that were discovered in a search his luggage aboard a private plane that landed in Miami on December 23. Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., has a felony gun conviction from New York back in 2009. The federal offense he faces carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

SPORTS
MLB NEWS
… The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday that Theo Epstein is stepping down as the team’s president of baseball operations. The 46-year-old Epstein will leave at the end of the week and is being replaced by general manager Jed Hoyer. Epstein ran the Cubs for nine years and in 2016 helped bring the franchise its first World Series title in 108 years. Epstein also helped build World Series winners with the Boston Red Sox 2004 and in 2007.

NBA NEWS… The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired free-agent guard Bogdan Bogdanovic as part of a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings. The deal also brings guard Justin James to Milwaukee. In exchange, Sacramento gets guard Donte Divincenzo along with forwards D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova.

The Rundown for November 17, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 11,036,935 and the nation’s death toll stands at 246,214, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A second coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. has shown to have a high success rate. Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine was 94.5 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infection, according to interim data from a late-stage trial published yesterday. Last week, Pfizer announced that early data showed its vaccine is more than 90 percent effective… California governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that his state is “pulling the emergency brake” in moving 28 counties accounting for 94 percent of the state’s population back into the most restrictive purple tier. The move comes after the number of cases doubled over the past 10 days. Total hospitalizations and cases in intensive care units have shot up 48 and 39 percent, respectively, over the past two weeks.

TRUMP, ALLIES DROP SUITS… Voters in four states who had filed suit challenging Joe Biden’s win in the presidential election dropped their cases yesterday morning. Suits filed in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania federal courts were all backed by the law firm of a nationally known conservative attorney, James Bopp Jr. On Friday, a federal appellate court ruled that voters couldn’t bring some constitutional claims. Trump has refused to concede the election and continues to make false claims of widespread voter fraud with no evidence. His campaign and GOP allies have posted just a minor win in Pennsylvania among the 25 post-election lawsuits they have filed. The Trump campaign will be back in court today trying to overturn Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania. The campaign unsuccessfully argued to delay the trial yesterday after three of four attorneys on the team quit. Two previous sets of Trump lawyers stepped away from the case over the past week.

GEORGIA SEC OF STATE SAYS REPUBLICANS APPLIED PRESSURE OVER VOTING… Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told the Washington Post that Republican lawmakers have pressured him to discredit absentee ballot votes in the state following Joe Biden’s victory there. Raffensperger said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was among those applying pressure. Graham allegedly questioned Georgia’s signature-matching law and suggested that Raffensperger find a way to toss out legal ballots.

BIDEN, HARRIS TALK ECONOMIC RECOVERY… President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris met with business and labor leaders yesterday before before publicly presenting their plans for managing the economy. During a speech in Delaware, Biden stressed the importance of harnessing the coronavirus pandemic, developing a fair tax structure and buying U.S.-made products. He warned of dire consequences if the Trump administration continues its refusal to coordinate with Biden’s transition team on the coronavirus pandemic and block briefings on national security, policy issues and vaccine plans. Harris stressed the impact of the pandemic on the economy.

HATE-CRIME MURDERS SPIKE… Annual data released yesterday by the FBI showed that hate-crime murders surged to a record high in 2019 and overall hate crime incidents also rose. Studies found 51 people were the victims of murder or non-negligent manslaughter motivated by hate in 2019, far surpassing the 24 people killed the year before. 2018 had already been the deadliest year on record for victims of hate crimes since the FBI began tracking the data in the early 1990s, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

CREW DOCKS AT SPACE STATION… The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft delivered four astronauts to the International Space Station last night. The spacecraft docked at approximately 11:15 p.m. Eastern after launching from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center 27 hours earlier. NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker arrived on the mission, as did Soichi Noguchi from Japan’s space agency. The crew is expected to spend about six months working on a variety of science experiments and conducting space walks to continue updates and repairs on the space station’s exterior.

ENTERTAINMENT
SINBAD RECOVERING FROM STOKE
… Comedian and actor Sinbad is recovering from a recent stroke, family members revealed yesterday. The condition of the 64-year-old entertainer was not disclosed. Sinbad is best known for his stand-up comedy specials, as well as his work on the TV sitcom “A Different World” and in films that include “Houseguest.”

2 DANCERS ELIMINATED… Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and actress Skai Jackson were eliminated during last night’s “Dancing with the Stars” semi-finals. Weir had been partnered with pro dancer Britt Stewart for Season 29 of the competition series. Jackson danced with Alan Bersten. Actress Justina Machado, reality TV stars Nev Schulman and Kaitlyn Bristowe, and rapper Nelly have advance to next week’s finals.

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Minnesota 19 – CHICAGO 13
… Kirk Cousins’ second touchdown pass to Adam Thielan came from 4 yards out and broke a fourth-quarter tie in carrying the Vikings (4-5) past the Bears (5-5). Cousins found Thielan with a 17-yard scoring toss in the first quarter. Justin Jefferson had eight receptions for 135 yards. Chicago led most of the third quarter after Cordarrelle Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards for a TD.

NFL NEWS… The New Orleans Saints are expected to be without quarterback Drew Brees indefinitely as he recovers from multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung. Brees suffered two fractured ribs and the collapsed lung on his right side in Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers and sustained three fractured left ribs in the previous week’s defeat of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NBA NEWS… The Phoenix Suns have acquired All-Star guard Chris Paul in a blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The deal brings Paul and Abdel Nader to Phoenix in exchange for Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick. The 35-year-old Paul will be reunited with Suns coach Monty Williams, who coached the point guard for one season in New Orleans… ESPN reported that the New Orleans Pelicans were nearing completion of a deal to send guard Jrue Holiday to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and “significant” draft compensation.

MLB NEWS… The San Diego Padres announced yesterday that pitcher Mike Clevinger is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery today and will miss the 2021 season. The announcement came after the team reached agreement with the righthander on a two-year, $11.5 million contract extension. San Diego acquired Clevinger from Cleveland on August 31, but he left with a sore elbow in his final start of the regular season and was not available for the playoffs.

The Rundown for November 16, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 11,036,935 and the nation’s death toll stands at 246,214, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said during an appearance on CNN’s “Face the Nation” yesterday that efforts to combat the pandemic in the U.S. will be limited until health officials are allowed to work with President-elect Joe Biden’s team. President Trump has not cooperated while contesting election results… The governors of Michigan and Washington have announced new restrictions amid the outbreak. Beginning Wednesday, Michigan will ban indoor dining at restaurants, in-person instruction at high schools and colleges, and gatherings of over two households for at least three weeks. Washington has instituted new restrictions on gatherings that will remain in effect through December 14.

TRUMP ACKNOWLEDGES LOSS… President Trump yesterday went on Twitter to offer his first acknowledgement that he lost the presidential election to Joe Biden but reiterated his false claims that the vote was rigged. Trump has yet to concede the election despite Biden claiming 36 Electoral College votes more than he needed to win the presidency. Trump’s campaign yesterday dropped a major part of a lawsuit it brought seeking to stop Pennsylvania from certifying its results. Pennsylvania officials have asked a judge to toss Trump’s lawsuit due to its false claims. President-elect Biden’s incoming chief of staff Ron Klain urged the federal government yesterday to sign off on the transition team efforts to receive national security briefings and address COVID-19.

ASTRONAUTS LAUNCHED TO ISS… A team of four astronauts aboard the Crew Dragon capsule powered by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched last night for a six-month stay on the International Space Station. The astronauts include Victor Glover, the first Black extended crew member on the ISS. The crew is expected to arrive on the ISS tonight and join three other astronauts.

STORM PUMMELS MIDWEST, NORTHEAST… High winds and rain pounded the Midwest and Northeast yesterday. The storm that formed Saturday over the Great Plains is blamed for power outages affecting 750,000 customers as of yesterday. Forecasters expect and flooding along the shores of the Great Lakes. Buffalo, New York; Michigan City, Indiana; and Benton Harbor, Michigan, were expected to be among hardest-hit areas.

BOY SCOUT ABUSE CLAIMS TOP 81K… The New York Times reports that more than 81,500 people have come forward claiming they were sexually abused while they were involved with the Boy Scouts of America over the past few decades. Claims have been pouring in ahead of today’s deadline by a Delaware bankruptcy court, where the Boy Scouts initiated a Chapter 11 filing earlier this year. The national organization claims it seeks a process where survivors could receive compensation. Lawyers working on the claims say the number eclipses the sexual abuse and molestation accusations filed against the Catholic Church.

ENTERTAINMENT
ARIANA GRANDE REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART
… Ariana Grande’s ‘Positions” sold 82,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” jumped into second place after selling 57,000 units. The Kid Laroi’s “F*ck Love” finished in third place on sales of 52,000 copies. Luke Combs’ “What You See Is What You Get” stayed at No. 4 with 46,000 units sold. King Von’s “Welcome to O’Block” capped the top five with sales of 44,000 copies.

STALLONE JOINS ‘SUICIDE SQUAD’ CAST… Director James Gunn has confirmed that Sylvester Stallone is joining the cast of “Suicide Squad.” Gunn also said cast additions would include Idris Elba. Returning castmembers include Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis. The next installment in the franchise is scheduled for a 2021 release.

SPORTS
NFL SCORES

DETROIT 30 – Washington 27
… Matt Prater’s 59-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Lions (4-5) over Washington (2-7). Matthew Stafford threw touchdown passes to three different receivers.

GREEN BAY 24 – Jacksonville 20… Aaron Rodgers had two touchdown passes and ran for a score as the Packers (7-2) held off the Jaguars (1-8). Marquez Faldes-Scantling had four receptions for 149 yards and a score.

Tampa Bay 46 – CAROLINA 23…. Tom Brady passed for 341 yards and three touchdown in leading the Buccaneers (7-3) in their rout of the Panthers (3-7). Ronald Jones ran 98 yards for a score.

N.Y. GIANTS 27 – Philadelphia 17…Wayne Gallman Jr. scored on a pair of touchdown runs to help the Giants (3-7) grind out a win over the Eagles (3-5-1). Daniel Jones threw for 244 yards and ran for a score.

CLEVELAND 10 – Houston 7… The Browns (6-3) overcame wild weather in Cleveland to hold off the Texans (2-7). Nick Chubb rushed for 126 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown. Kareem Hunt added 104 rushing yards.

ARIZONA 32 – Buffalo 30… Kyler Murray connected with DeAndre Hopkins with a desperation 49-yard touchdown pass on the game’s final play to send the Cardinals (6-3) past the Bills (7-3). Murray ran for two scores. Hopkins finished with seven catches for 127 yards.

MIAMI 29 – L.A. Chargers 21… The Dolphins (6-3) fought their way past the Chargers (2-7) for their fifth straight win. Tua Tagovailoa threw two touchdown passes.

LAS VEGAS 37 – Denver 12… The Raiders (6-3) made it three straight wins by rolling past the Broncos (3-6). Josh Jacobs ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Devontae Booker added two scoring runs. Defensively, Oakland forced five turnovers.

NEW ORLEANS 27 – San Francisco 13… The Saints (7-2) handled the 49ers (4-6) despite playing the second half without injured quarterback Drew Brees. Alvin Kamara ran for two scores and had a touchdown reception.

L.A. RAMS 23 – Seattle 16… The Rams (6-3) got a pair of touchdown runs from Malcolm Brown and another from Darrell Henderson in fighting off the Seahawks (6-3). Jared Goff passed for 305 yards. Darious Williams intercepted two Russell Wilson passes.

PITTSBURGH 36 – Cincinnati 10… Ben Roethlisberger passed for 344 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Steelers (9-0) past the Bengals (2-6-1). Chase Claypool had two TD catches. Diontae Johnson had six receptions for 116 yards and a score.

NEW ENGLAND 23 – Baltimore 17… The Patriots (4-5) surprised the Ravens (6-3) in a contest played among high wind and rain in Foxborough. Cam Newton threw for a score and ran for another. Damien Harris rushed for 121 yards.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Minnesota (3-5) is at Chicago (5-4)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS… The University of South Carolina has fired football coach Will Muschamp. His dismissal comes after three straight losses have dropped the Gamecocks to 2-5 on the season. Muschamp was in his fifth season at South Carolina. His teams went 28-30 overall.

DUSTIN JOHNSON WINS MASTERS… Dustin Johnson shot a 4-under 68 yesterday to win his first Masters title by five strokes. His 268 72-hole total broke the Masters record of 270 set by Tiger Woods in 1997. Australian Cameron Smith and South Korea’s Sungjae Im finished five strokes off the lead.

The Rundown for November 13, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 10,526,906 and the nation’s death toll stands at 242,621, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. There were 89,206 new cases and 400 deaths yesterday, with more states reporting record highs in daily cases. California has joined Texas as states with at least 1 million cases… Wearing a face mask doesn’t just protect other people from potentially getting infected with the coronavirus, it protects you too, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot has issued a stay-at-home advisory and Detroit stopped in-person schooling yesterday to combat outbreaks.

DEMS WANT TRUMP CONCESSION… Pressure is mounting on President Trump to concede the 2020 presidential election. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer yesterday called on Republicans to accept the election results so Congress can focus on passing a new coronavirus stimulus package. John Cornyn, Ron Johnson, James Lankford, Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham are among a growing number of Republican senators who are urging the Trump’ administration to allow President-Elect Joe Biden access to presidential daily intelligence briefings. Trump has been unsuccessfully challenging the outcome in courts, where his team is 0-12 in pressing its claims of widespread voter fraud. Biden has surpassed the 270 Electoral College votes required to become president and his lead in the popular vote has grown to more than 5.2 million votes. The Department of Homeland Security hit back at Trump’s voter-fraud claims yesterday with a strongly worded statement issued jointly by two committees. “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the statement noted. CNN and NBC declared Biden the winner in Arizona last night, raising his Electoral College total to 290.

TURNOVER CONTINUES AT DHS… The continuing turnover atop the Department of Homeland Security continues to alarm defense analysts. Yesterday, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Assistant Director Bryan Ware and DHS Assistant Secretary International Affairs Valerie Boyd both resigned. CISA’s director, Christopher Krebs, expects to be fired, according to Reuters.

5 AMERICANS KILLED ON PEACEKEEPING MISSION… Five Americans were among seven international peacekeepers killed when their helicopter crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula yesterday. The crash also left one American peacekeeper injured. The cause “appears to be mechanical in nature,” officials said. The peacekeepers are part of the international mission that oversees the enforcement of the 1978 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

ETA RETURNS… Eta returned to the U.S. as a tropical storm yesterday morning near Cedar Key, Florida, before turning north and bringing heavy rain and dangerous flooding to the Carolinas and Virginia. The storm is blamed for the deaths of at least six people, including five in North Carolina. Flash flood warnings remain in effect across a large portion of North Carolina with flash flood watches in effect along the mid-Atlantic coast, from South Carolina to Virginia.

ENTERTAINMENT
THE WEEKND TO PERFORM AT SUPER BOWL HALFTIME
… Grammy-winning singer The Weeknd has been chosen as the halftime performer at Super Bowl 55. The game is scheduled for February 7 in Tampa, Florida, and will air on CBS. In making the announcement yesterday, the NFL called the singer “one of today’s most compelling and significant artists of a generation.” Jennifer Lopez and Shakira headlined last year’s halftime show.

VetsAid LINEUP GROWS… Gwen Stefani, her fiance Blake Shelton, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Jon Bon Jovi and other performers have signed on to appear during the virtual VetsAid festival from Joe Walsh. VetsAid 2020: Home for the Holidays is scheduled for December 12. Other performers include Ryan Bingham, Alice Cooper, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Vince Gill, James Hetfield and Tim McGraw.

SPORTS
NFL SCORE

Indianapolis 34 – TENNESSEE 17
… The Colts (6-3) scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to roll past the Titans (6-3). Nyheim Hines caught a Philip Rivers touchdown pass and ran for a score. Rivers completed 29 of 39 passes for 308 yards. Michael Pittman Jr. had seven receptions for 101 yards.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Washington (2-6) is at Detroit (3-5)…
Green Bay (6-2) hosts Jacksonville (1-7)…
Tampa Bay (6-3) is at Carolina (3-6)….
the N.Y. Giants (2-7) host Philadelphia (3-4-1)…
Houston (2-6) is at Cleveland (5-3)…
Arizona (5-3) hosts Buffalo (7-2)…
the L.A. Chargers (2-6) are at Miami (5-3)…
Las Vegas (5-3) hosts Denver (3-5)…
San Francisco (4-5) is at New Orleans (6-2)…
the L.A. Rams (5-3) host Seattle (6-2)…
Cincinnati (2-5-1) is at Pittsburgh (8-0)…
New England (3-5) hosts Baltimore (6-2)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Minnesota (3-5) is at Chicago (5-4)

JOSE ABREU NAMED AL MVP… Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been named 2020 American League Most Valuable Player. The 33-year-old Abreu becomes the first White Sox player to win the award since Frank Thomas in 1994. He also becomes the oldest AL MVP since 38-year-old Dennis Eckersley won the award in 1992. Abreu played in all 60 regular-season games and led the AL with 76 hits and 60 RBIs. His 19 homers were second in the league behind Luke Voit’s 22 for the New York Yankees.

IVY LEAGUE CANCELS WINTERS SPORTS… The Ivy League announced yesterday that it has cancelled winter sports, including basketball, for the 2020-21 season. The decision to become the first Division I conference not to participate in winter sports came after days of talks among conference presidents. The basketball season was to start in 12 days.

THE MASTERS UNDERWAY… Wet conditions led to more than two dozen golfers posting under-par scores on yesterday’s first round of the 2020 Masters. Play was delayed three hours by rain and some golfers will be finishing their first rounds this morning. Paul Casey leads the field at 7 under after posting a bogey-free 65. Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson follow at 5 under.

The Rundown for November 12, 2020

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.

ENTERTAINMENT
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.

SPORTS
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)

The Rundown for November 11, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 10,242,754 and the nation’s death toll stands at 239,618, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. There were 128,181 new cases and new 1,347 deaths yesterday. The number of new cases for the three-week period ending Monday nearly doubled to 1.9 million from the previous 21-day tally of 1.07 million and projections call for the U.S. to reach 20 million cases by Christmas if the virus keeps infecting people at the current rate. Yesterday’s hospitalizations reached a record-high 61,964.

BIDEN MOVES FORWARD… President-elect Joe Biden vowed yesterday that nothing would stop the transfer of power in the U.S. government. Speaking in Delaware, Biden responded to President’s Trump’s refusal to concede last week’s election results. “I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly. How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.” A Reuters poll released yesterday found that 80 percent of Americans believe Biden won, including 60 percent of Republicans. 72 percent of Americans believe Trump should concede, according to the poll. President Trump continued his efforts to retain power by filing lawsuits in several states, asserting unsupported claims of widespread fraud. The refusal to concede is hampering Biden’s attempts to launch a new pandemic plan of action. The president-elect’s transition team has been prevented from meeting with officials heading Operation Warp Speed and other Trump administration coronavirus efforts. The Washington Post reported yesterday that agency head across the federal government have been instructed not to cooperate with Biden’s transition team until President Trump finally accepts his loss. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday became the most recent world leaders to congratulate Biden for his victory.

TRUMP PRESSURED GEORGIA SENATORS OVER VOTING… The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported yesterday that the Trump administration pressured Georgia senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue to call for the resignation of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger amid baseless voter-fraud allegations in the state. The senators issued a joint statement Monday condemning last week’s presidential election as an “embarrassment” and calling for Raffensperger to resign, accusing him of “mismanagement and lack of transparency.” Had they not complied, according to the report, Trump would would have attempted to alienate them from their voting base ahead of their January 5 runoff elections.

FORMER FBI DIRECTOR DEFENDS TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION… Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that the bureau had reason to believe President Donald Trump was a threat to national security. McCabe offered the testimony as part of a GOP effort to examine the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s Russia links. McCabe cited Trump’s decision to fire then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 after he refused to close an investigation into Trump’s then-national security adviser, Michael Flynn. “It became pretty clear to us that he did not want us to continue investigating what the Russians had done,” McCabe testified.

DEPARTURES ALARM PENTAGON LEADERSHIP… The Trump administration’s sweeping changes atop the Defense Department’s civilian leadership structure has left senior Pentagon officials alarmed. James Anderson, the Pentagon’s acting undersecretary of defense for policy, resigned yesterday, a day after President Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Anderson is being replaced by Anthony Tata, who was passed over on an appointment last year over Islamophobic tweets. Tata also has pushed “deep state cabal” conspiracy theories. Retired Navy Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan is being replaced as the under secretary of defense for intelligence by Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who was on the staff of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and took a Pentagon job earlier this year. Replacing Chief of Staff to the Defense Secretary Jen Stewart is Kash Patel, a former staffer for California Congressman Devin Nunes, who opposed the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY’ RETURNS FOR SEASON 3
… Netflix announced yesterday that it is bringing back “The Umbrella Academy” for a third season. “The Umbrella Academy” is based on the comic book series written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá. The series centers on a dysfunctional family of sibling superheroes who attempt to prevent an apocalypse. Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lamperman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya and Colm Feore will return for the 10-episode third season.

CNN WINS ELECTION-WEEK CABLE NEWS RATINGS… CNN edged Fox among total viewers during election week, averaging 5.9 million viewers to Fox’s 5.7 million. CNN attracted 13.5 million viewers to President-elect Joe Biden’s speech on Saturday night after the presidential race was called. The Fox broadcast drew 9 million.

SPORTS
MLB NEWS
… The Miami Marlins’ Don Mattingly was named National League Manager of the Year yesterday. The award comes after the Marlins went 31-29 in the shortened season and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Mattingly becomes the fifth former Most Valuable Player to be named Manager of the Year.

NBA NEWS… ESPN reported last night that the Phoenix Suns have had discussions about acquiring All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City is trying to move Paul and his two-year, $85.5 million contract as part of a rebuilding effort. Paul averaged 17.6 points and 6.7 assists last season and was named second-team All-NBA.

The Rundown for November 10, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 10,110,922 and the nation’s death toll stands at 238,235, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Drug maker Pfizer announced yesterday that the coronavirus vaccine it developed with the German drugmaker BioNTech appears to be able to prevent more than 90 percent of people from getting COVID-19. No serious safety concerns have been observed during tests on 43,500 people in six countries, Pfizer added. The company plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization and hopes to manufacture enough doses to immunize 15 to 20 million people by the end of the year.

TRUMP FIRES DEFENSE CHIEF, CLIMATE SCIENTIST… President Trump announced yesterday that he fired Mark Esper as his defense secretary. Insiders say the move was the result of Trump questioning the Pentagon’s loyalty following his loss in the presidential election. Traditionally, losing presidents have kept their Pentagon chiefs in place until Inauguration Day to preserve stability in the name of national security. Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Christopher Miller has been named acting Defense Department secretary. In another departure, Michael Kuperberg has been removed as director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Kuperberg oversaw the 2018 National Climate Assessment, which made it clear that climate change is a devastating threat to the U.S. and warned of its destructive economic impact.

BARR ALLOWS DOJ TO EXAMINE VOTING ALLEGATIONS… Attorney General William Barr is allowing federal prosecutors to examine allegations of voting irregularities before states move to certify results in the coming weeks. However, Barr urged investigators not to pursue “fanciful or far fetched claims.” Despite a lack of evidence, President Trump blames voting irregularities for his loss in last Tuesday’s election and has refused to concede defeat to President-elect Joe Biden. Barr’s memo authorizing an investigation prompted the resignation of Richard Pilger, who directs the Election Crimes Branch at the Department of Justice.

GEORGIA SENATORS ATTACK SECRETARY OF STATE… Georgia’s Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have called on the state’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to resign. The two senators cited failures in Georgia’s election process without citing specific examples. Raffensperger vowed the he would not resign and declared Georgia’s election a “resounding success,” citing low wait times and high turnout. Loeffler and Perdue will go into January 5 runoff elections against their respective Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

ETA FLOODS SOUTH FLORIDA… Tropical Storm Eta brought torrential rain to South Florida yesterday before moving into the Gulf of Mexico, where it is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane. There was widespread flooding amid a forecast of up to 18 inches of rain around Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Forecasters say the storm could make a second landfall along the northern Gulf Coast of Florida late Friday into early Saturday.

ENTERTAINMENT
NETFLIX ANNOUNCES KEVIN HART SPECIAL
… Netflix announced plans to air a new Kevin Hart comedy special. “Kevin Hart: Zero [Expletive] Given” is scheduled to premiere on November 17. Hart filmed the show on September 20 in Los Angeles. Hart’s last standup special on Netflix, “Kevin Hart: Irresponsible,” premiered April 2. Hart also starred in the Netflix docuseries “Kevin Hart: Don’t [Expletive] This Up” last year.

TYLER HUBBARD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID… Florida Georgia Line lead singer Tyler Hubbard announced on social media yesterday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Hubbard said he has been quarantining on his tour bus outside of his home in Nashville. He noted that he’s not experiencing any symptoms of the virus. Hubbard has been removed as a performer at tomorrow’s 2020 Country Music Association Awards. Florida Georgia Line is nominated for vocal duo of the year. Hubbard is the second singer to pull out of the show due to COVID-19, following Lee Brice.

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

New England 30 – N.Y. JETS 27
… The Patriots (3-5) scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to rally past the Jets (0-9). Nick Folk booted a game-winning 51-yard field goal as time expired. Cam Newton had a pair of short touchdown runs.

MLB NEWS… Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis was named the American League Rookie of the Year last night. The 25-year-old Lewis received all 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He batted .262 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs in 58 games.