CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 13,536,217 and the nation’s death toll stands at 268,016, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Trump’s special adviser on the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Scott Atlas, resigned yesterday. Atlas joined the White House Coronavirus Task Force in August amid ongoing tensions between the president, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx. Atlas’ expertise is in magnetic resonance and he has no expertise in public health or infectious diseases.
FINAL 2 SWING STATES CERTIFY BIDEN AS WINNER… Arizona and Wisconsin yesterday became the final of the six swing states to certify Joe Biden as the winner in their states’ presidential elections. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada and Georgia have also certified Biden as the winner. Georgia is still undergoing a recount, but it is not expected to affect the result. Biden won the state by more than 12,000 votes.
BIDEN TEAM FILLS ECONOMIC POSTS… President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team yesterday announced several nominees and appointments for the incoming administration’s top economic posts. The transition team confirmed that former Fed Chair Janet Yellen would be Biden’s official nominee for Treasury secretary. The Biden team nominated Cecilia Rouse, one of the nation’s top labor economists, to serve as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. Also named to positions at the CEA were economists Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey.
AJIT PAI LEAVING AS FCC CHAIR… Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has announced plans to step down on January 20. Pai will be forever remembered or his role in the 2017 repeal of net neutrality, which prevented internet service providers from interfering with the speed of a website’s web traffic. His departure will leave the FCC board with a 2-1 Democratic majority.
DOW HAS BEST MONTH IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS… The Dow Jones Industrial Average has just recorded its best single month in more than 30 years despite falling more than 200 points yesterday. The Dow climbed 11.7 percent in November, which was its best monthly performance since January 1987. The S&P 500 rose 10.5 percent and the Nasdaq grew 11.4 percent. The rise in stocks was attributed to results of the 2020 presidential election and the announcement of multiple vaccine candidates reporting high efficacy.
KELLY CLARKSON GETS PRIMARY CUSTODY OF KIDS… Kelly Clarkson has won primary physical custody of her children with her ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock. Court documents reveal that the two will share joint physical and legal custody of their children 4-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. Clarkson filed divorce papers in June. The couple married in 2013.
ACTRESS ABBY DALTON DIES… Actress Abby Dalton, who starred on the 1960s sitcoms “Hennesey” and “The Joey Bishop Show” before re-energizing her career two decades later in the primetime soap “Falcon Crest,” died last week after a lengthy illness, her family confirmed yesterday. She was 88. Dalton was an original and longtime panelist on “The Hollywood Squares,” which premiered on NBC in 1966. She worked for two seasons on the CBS sketch comedy program “The Jonathan Winters Show” and portrayed Calamity Jane opposite Don Murray and Guy Stockwell in the 1966 film “The Plainsman.”
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Seattle 23 – PHILADELPHIA 17… Russell Wilson hit David Moore from 1 yard out and Chris Carson ran 16 yards for second-quarter touchdowns and the Seahawks (7-3) fought off the Eagles (3-6-1). Defensively, Seattle sacked Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz six times.
TOMORROW’S NFL SCHEDULE…
Baltimore (6-4) is at Pittsburgh (10-0)
NFL NEWS… The NFL has suspended Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V and cornerback Bradley Roby six games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Fuller said the violation was a result of his taking prescribed medication not permitted under the policy. Roby said that he “unknowingly used a product that was contaminated with a banned substance by the NFL.” Both suspensions will start with the last five games of this season, and end with the first of the 2021 season.
TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES…
No. 14 North Carolina 78, UNLV 51 (Maui Invitational)…
No. 17 Texas 78, Davidson 76 (Maui Invitational)