Your Daily Roundup for November 17th
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Good morning. As the COVID-19 pandemic takes a toll on life in America, our team at Future Majority is tracking the latest updates:
It is past time for President Trump to cooperate in the transition. Doing so will save lives:
On Monday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned that President Trump’s refusal to participate in the transition of power with President-elect Biden could have dangerous consequences in the nation’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden said that “more people may die” if the president did not quickly come to the table to coordinate the distribution of a vaccine that might soon become available. The virus is only accelerating in the United States, and as people gather for the holidays, despite health officials’ warnings not to if possible, the country is entering a very bleak phase.
Retail sales moderately rose in October:
Despite the economic turndown, retail sales in the U.S. increased for the sixth straight month, this time by a modest 0.3% in October. The increase was bolstered in part by companies shifting their holiday season sales earlier and Amazon offering its Prime Day last month to members. Groceries and home improvement items continued to be high on the positive list, while Americans continued to spend much less on gas and clothing as millions still were working from home.
A pressure campaign in Georgia?
President-elect Joe Biden narrowly won the state of Georgia, but it was within the margin to initiate a recount, which the state is doing by hand and expects to complete by the end of the week. Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, accused national Republican figures of initiating a pressure campaign to sway him to toss out valid Democratic-leaning ballots in an effort to favor President Trump, who still has refused to concede the election. Election officials in Georgia found 2,600 ballots in Floyd County that had gone uncounted -- a human error -- that was criticized by top officials but did not impact the overall results. The bottom line: the national security community has called the 2020 elections the most secure in American history, voters turned out in record numbers to elect new leaders, and the careful recount by local election officials must continue without interference.
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